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de·fect

 (dē′fĕkt′, dĭ-fĕkt′)
n.
An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency. See Synonyms at blemish.
intr.v. (dĭ-fĕkt′) de·fect·ed, de·fect·ing, de·fects
1. To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.
2. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.

[Middle English, from Latin dēfectus, failure, want, from past participle of dēficere, to desert, be wanting : dē-, de- + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

de·fec′tion n.
de·fec′tor n.

defect

n
1. a lack of something necessary for completeness or perfection; shortcoming; deficiency
2. an imperfection, failing, or blemish
3. (Chemistry) crystallog a local deviation from regularity in the crystal lattice of a solid. See also point defect, dislocation3
vb
(intr) to desert one's country, cause, allegiance, etc, esp in order to join the opposing forces
[C15: from Latin dēfectus, from dēficere to forsake, fail; see deficient]
deˈfector n

de•fect

(n. ˈdi fɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt; v. dɪˈfɛkt)

n.
1. a fault or shortcoming; imperfection.
2. lack of something essential: a defect in hearing.
v.i.
3. to desert a cause, country, etc.: to defect to the West.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēfectus failure, weakness, derivative of dēficere to run short, fail, weaken (see deficient)]
syn: defect, blemish, flaw refer to faults, both literal and figurative, that detract from perfection. defect is the general word for any kind of shortcoming, imperfection, or deficiency, whether hidden or visible: a birth defect; a defect in a plan. A blemish is usu. a surface defect that mars the appearance; it is also used of a moral fault: a skin blemish; a blemish on his reputation. A flaw is usu. a structural defect or weakness that mars the quality or effectiveness: a flaw in a diamond.

defect


Past participle: defected
Gerund: defecting

Imperative
defect
defect
Present
I defect
you defect
he/she/it defects
we defect
you defect
they defect
Preterite
I defected
you defected
he/she/it defected
we defected
you defected
they defected
Present Continuous
I am defecting
you are defecting
he/she/it is defecting
we are defecting
you are defecting
they are defecting
Present Perfect
I have defected
you have defected
he/she/it has defected
we have defected
you have defected
they have defected
Past Continuous
I was defecting
you were defecting
he/she/it was defecting
we were defecting
you were defecting
they were defecting
Past Perfect
I had defected
you had defected
he/she/it had defected
we had defected
you had defected
they had defected
Future
I will defect
you will defect
he/she/it will defect
we will defect
you will defect
they will defect
Future Perfect
I will have defected
you will have defected
he/she/it will have defected
we will have defected
you will have defected
they will have defected
Future Continuous
I will be defecting
you will be defecting
he/she/it will be defecting
we will be defecting
you will be defecting
they will be defecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defecting
you have been defecting
he/she/it has been defecting
we have been defecting
you have been defecting
they have been defecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defecting
you will have been defecting
he/she/it will have been defecting
we will have been defecting
you will have been defecting
they will have been defecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defecting
you had been defecting
he/she/it had been defecting
we had been defecting
you had been defecting
they had been defecting
Conditional
I would defect
you would defect
he/she/it would defect
we would defect
you would defect
they would defect
Past Conditional
I would have defected
you would have defected
he/she/it would have defected
we would have defected
you would have defected
they would have defected
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defect - an imperfection in a bodily systemdefect - an imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"
myelatelia - any developmental defect of the spinal cord
imperfection, imperfectness - the state or an instance of being imperfect
2.defect - a failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"
disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
3.defect - an imperfection in an object or machinedefect - an imperfection in an object or machine; "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter"; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
imperfection, imperfectness - the state or an instance of being imperfect
blister - a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint)
glitch, bug - a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
hole - a fault; "he shot holes in my argument"
4.defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
birthmark, nevus - a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth
chatter mark - a mark made by a chattering tool on the surface of a workpiece
chip, check - a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
crack - a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; "there was a crack in the mirror"
gouge, nick, ding, dent - an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
mole - a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
scar, scrape, scratch, mark - an indication of damage
burn mark, burn - a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
blot, smirch, smudge, daub, slur, smear, spot - a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
stigma - a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
verruca, wart - (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus
milium, whitehead - a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
blackhead, comedo - a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
Verb1.defect - desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army; "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
flee, take flight, fly - run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled"
rat - desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage

defect

noun
1. deficiency, want, failing, lack, mistake, fault, error, absence, weakness, flaw, shortcoming, inadequacy, imperfection, frailty, foible The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
verb
1. desert, rebel, quit, revolt, change sides, apostatize, tergiversate a KGB official who defected in 1963
defect from something or someone leave, abandon, desert, quit, resign from, walk out on (informal), break faith with, tergiversate He defected from the party twenty years ago.

defect

noun
2. Something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure:
verb
To abandon one's cause or party usually to join another:
Slang: rat.
Idioms: change sides, turn one's coat.
Translations
chybakazpřestoupitvadazávada
defektflygtehoppe afmangelbrist
vika
nedostatak
disszidál
gallihlaupast undan merkjum
欠陥
결점
dezertyravimasdezertyruotisu trūkumais
defektsmeklēt politisku patvērumupārbēgttrūkums
prestúpiť k
brist
ข้อบกพร่อง
kusurayrılmakbozuklukkarşı tarafa geçmek
khuyết điểm

defect

A. [ˈdiːfekt] N (gen) → defecto m; (mental) → deficiencia f
moral defectdefecto m moral
see also speech B
B. [dɪˈfekt] VI (Pol) → desertar (from, to de a) he defected to the USAdesertó de su país para irse a los EE.UU.

defect

[ˈdiːfɛkt]
n (= fault) → défaut m
physical defect → malformation f, défaut m physique
mental defect → anomalie f mentale, déficience f mentale hearing defect
[dɪˈfɛkt] vi (to another country)s'enfuir; (to another party)faire défection
to defect to the enemy → passer à l'ennemi
to defect to the West → passer à l'Ouest
to defect from [+ party] → faire défection à

defect

1
nFehler m, → Schaden m; (in mechanism also) → Defekt m; physical defectkörperlicher Schaden or Defekt; hearing defectGehörfehler m, → Gehörschaden m; sight defectSehfehler m, → Sehschwäche f; character defectCharakterfehler m

defect

2
vi (Pol) → sich absetzen; (fig)abtrünnig werden, abfallen; to defect to the enemyzum Feind überlaufen

defect

[n ˈdiːfɛkt; vb dɪˈfɛkt]
1. n (gen) → difetto
physical defect → difetto fisico
mental defect → anomalia mentale
moral defect → difetto
2. vi (from country) → scappare; (from political party) → defezionare
to defect to the enemy/the West → passare al nemico/all'Ovest

defect

(ˈdiːfekt) noun
a fault or flaw. It was a basic defect in her character; a defect in the china.
(diˈfekt) verb
to leave a country, political party etc to go and join another; to desert. He defected to the West.
deˈfection (-ʃən) noun
(an act of) desertion.
deˈfective (-tiv) adjective
having a fault or flaw. a defective machine; He is mentally defective.

defect

خَلَل vada defekt Schaden ελάττωμα defecto vika défaut nedostatak difetto 欠陥 결점 defect mangel wada defeito дефект brist ข้อบกพร่อง kusur khuyết điểm 缺陷

de·fect

n. defecto; insuficiencia; fallo.

defect

n defecto; atrial septal — (ASD) comunicación f interauricular (CIA); birth — defecto congénito (form), defecto de nacimiento; neural tube — defecto del tubo neural; ventricular septal — (VSD) comunicación f interventricular (CIV)
References in classic literature ?
Here, at least, was a citadel impregnable by right-hand defections or left-hand extremes.
The French had accounted for this unexpected defection on the part of their ally in various ways.
Happily, their father, completely absorbed in a practical, scientific, and approving contemplation of the topography and material resources of the scene of his future labors, had no time to notice their defection.
It was at this point, gentlemen, that enraged by the defection of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run a muck from the bowsprit to the taffrail; and if by any devilishness of desperation possible, seize the ship.
I now knew that while theoretically a prisoner I was virtually free, and I hastened to regain the city limits before the defection of Woola could be discovered by his erstwhile masters.
Kitty and Lydia take his defection much more to heart than I do.
Lady Susan was far from intending such a conquest, and on finding how warmly Miss Mainwaring resented her lover's defection, determined, in spite of Mr.
A fat major skirted a bush, puffing and falling out of step; a soldier who had fallen behind, his face showing alarm at his defection, ran at a trot, panting to catch up with his company.
The Sarians, under Ghak the Hairy One, and the Amozites under Dacor the Strong One, Dian's brother, had fallen out over my supposed defection, for Ghak would not believe that I had thus treacher-ously deceived and deserted them.
He noted with surprise the absence of Taglat, whom he had expected to find awaiting him outside the tent of Achmet Zek; but, accustomed as he was to the unreliability of apes, he gave no serious attention to the present defection of his surly companion.
He had come alone for two very excellent reasons, the first of which was that thus none might note his terror-stricken state nor his defection should he fail at the last moment, and the other was that should he accomplish the thing alone or be able to make his chiefs believe that he had, the credit would be far greater than were he to be accompanied by warriors.
His men recognized his voice immediately and as they knew nothing of the defection of any of their fellows, turned the boat's prow toward shore without waiting for the command from von Horn.