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fault

noun (n)

  • a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention (noun.act)
    Synonym: error, mistake
    Example:
    I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults.
    source: wordnet30
  • an imperfection in an object or machine (noun.state)
    Synonym: defect, flaw
    source: wordnet30
  • the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: demerit
    Antonym: merit, virtue
    Example:
    He knew his own faults much better than she did.
    source: wordnet30
  • (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (noun.object)
    Example:
    They built it right over a geological fault.
    He studied the faulting of the earth's crust.
    source: wordnet30
  • (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.) (noun.event)
    Example:
    It took much longer to find the fault than to fix it.
    source: wordnet30
  • responsibility for a bad situation or event (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    It was John's fault.
    source: wordnet30
  • (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area) (noun.act)
    Example:
    He served too many double faults.
    source: wordnet30
  • Defect; want; lack; default. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A defective point in an electric circuit due to a crossing of the parts of the conductor, or to contact with another conductor or the earth, or to a break in the circuit. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • put or pin the blame on (verb.communication)
    Synonym: blame
    Antonym: absolve, free, justify
    source: wordnet30
  • To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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