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center: reverse fault
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fault

 (fôlt)
n.
1.
a. A character weakness, especially a minor one.
b. Something that impairs or detracts from physical perfection; a defect. See Synonyms at blemish.
c. A mistake; an error: a grammatical fault; a fault in his reasoning.
d. A minor offense or misdeed: committed her share of youthful faults.
2. Responsibility for a mistake or an offense; culpability. See Synonyms at blame.
3. Geology A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture. Also called shift.
4. Electronics A defect in a circuit or wiring caused by imperfect connections, poor insulation, grounding, or shorting.
5. Sports A service of the ball that violates the rules in tennis and similar games.
6. Archaic A lack or deficiency.
v. fault·ed, fault·ing, faults
v.tr.
1. To find error or defect in; criticize or blame: faulted the author for poor research; faulted the book for inaccuracies.
2. Geology To produce a fault in; fracture.
v.intr.
1. To commit a mistake or an error.
2. Geology To shift so as to produce a fault.
3. Sports To commit a fault, as in tennis.
Idioms:
at fault
1. Deserving of blame; guilty: admitted to being at fault.
2. Confused and puzzled.
find fault
To seek, find, and complain about faults; criticize: found fault with his speech.
to a fault
To an excessive degree: generous to a fault.

[Middle English faulte, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *fallita, from variant of Latin falsa, feminine past participle of fallere, to deceive, fail.]

fault

(fɔːlt)
n
1. an imperfection; failing or defect; flaw
2. a mistake or error
3. an offence; misdeed
4. responsibility for a mistake or misdeed; culpability
5. (Electrical Engineering) electronics a defect in a circuit, component, or line, such as a short circuit
6. (Geological Science) geology a fracture in the earth's crust resulting in the relative displacement and loss of continuity of the rocks on either side of it
7. (Tennis) tennis squash badminton an invalid serve, such as one that lands outside a prescribed area
8. (Squash & Fives) tennis squash badminton an invalid serve, such as one that lands outside a prescribed area
9. (Badminton) tennis squash badminton an invalid serve, such as one that lands outside a prescribed area
10. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (in showjumping) a penalty mark given for failing to clear or refusing a fence, exceeding a time limit, etc
11. (Hunting) hunting an instance of the hounds losing the scent
12. deficiency; lack; want
13. guilty of error; culpable
14. perplexed
15. (Hunting) (of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent
16. find fault to seek out minor imperfections or errors (in); carp (at)
17. to a fault excessively
vb
18. (Geological Science) geology to undergo or cause to undergo a fault
19. (tr) to find a fault in, criticize, or blame
20. (intr) to commit a fault
[C13: from Old French faute, from Vulgar Latin fallita (unattested), ultimately from Latin fallere to fail]

fault

(fɔlt)

n.
1. a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing.
2. responsibility for failure or a wrongful act.
3. an error or mistake.
4. a misdeed or transgression.
5. (in tennis, handball, etc.)
a. a ball that when served does not land in the proper section of an opponent's court.
b. a failure to serve the ball according to the rules, as from within a certain area.
6. a break in the continuity of a body of rock or of a vein, with dislocation along the plane of the fracture (fault plane).
7. Obs. lack; want.
v.i.
8. to commit a fault; blunder; err.
9. Geol. to undergo faulting.
v.t.
10. to accuse of error; criticize.
Idioms:
1. at fault, open to censure; blameworthy.
2. find fault, to complain or be critical.
3. to a fault, to an extreme degree.
[1250–1300; Middle English faute < Anglo-French, Middle French « Latin fallere to be wrong]
syn: fault, foible, weakness, failing, vice refer to human shortcomings or imperfections. fault refers to any ordinary shortcoming; condemnation is not necessarily implied: Of his many faults the greatest is vanity. foible suggests a weak point that is slight and often amusing, manifesting itself in eccentricity rather than in wrongdoing: the foibles of an artist. weakness suggests that a person is unable to control a particular impulse or response, and gives way to it: a weakness for ice cream. failing is particularly applied to humanity at large, suggesting common, often venial, shortcomings: Procrastination is a common failing. vice is the strongest term and designates a habit that is detrimental, immoral, or evil: to succumb to the vice of compulsive gambling.
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left to right: normal, reverse, and strike-slip faults

fault

(fôlt)
A crack in a rock mass along which there has been movement. The rock on one side of the crack moves relative to the rock on the other side of the crack. Faults are caused by plate-tectonic forces. See Note at earthquake.
Did You Know? Bedrock is often cracked along surfaces known as planes. In some places the cracks extend only a tiny distance; in others they can run for hundreds of miles. When the rocks separated by a crack move past each other, the cracks are known as faults. The rocks move because they are pushed or pulled by the forces of plate tectonics. This movement often occurs in sudden jerks known as earthquakes. Geologists study faults to learn the history of the forces that have acted on rocks. Normal faults occur when rocks are being pulled apart. In this case, the rocks above the fault plane are moving down relative to the rocks below it. When rocks are pushed together, the opposite happens—the rocks above the plane move upward relative to the rocks below the plane; these types of faults are called reverse faults. Strike-slip faults occur when rocks slide past each other; rocks on either side of the crack slide parallel to the fault plane between them. Transform faults are a special category of strike-slip faults in which the crack is actually part of a boundary between two enormous tectonic plates. This is the nature of the famous San Andreas Fault in California.

blame

fault
1. 'blame' used as a verb

If you blame someone for something bad that has happened, you think that they made it happen.

Police blamed the bus driver for the accident.
Don't blame me!

You can blame something on someone.

Maya blames all her problems on her parents.
2. 'to blame'

If someone is to blame for something bad that has happened, they caused it.

I knew I was partly to blame for the failure of the project.
The study found that schools are not to blame for the laziness of their pupils.
3. 'fault'

Don't say that something is someone's 'blame'. You say that it is their fault.

This was all Jack's fault.
It's not our fault if the machine breaks down.
4. 'at fault'

You can say that someone is at fault.

The other driver was at fault.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone is 'in fault'.

fault


Past participle: faulted
Gerund: faulting

Imperative
fault
fault
Present
I fault
you fault
he/she/it faults
we fault
you fault
they fault
Preterite
I faulted
you faulted
he/she/it faulted
we faulted
you faulted
they faulted
Present Continuous
I am faulting
you are faulting
he/she/it is faulting
we are faulting
you are faulting
they are faulting
Present Perfect
I have faulted
you have faulted
he/she/it has faulted
we have faulted
you have faulted
they have faulted
Past Continuous
I was faulting
you were faulting
he/she/it was faulting
we were faulting
you were faulting
they were faulting
Past Perfect
I had faulted
you had faulted
he/she/it had faulted
we had faulted
you had faulted
they had faulted
Future
I will fault
you will fault
he/she/it will fault
we will fault
you will fault
they will fault
Future Perfect
I will have faulted
you will have faulted
he/she/it will have faulted
we will have faulted
you will have faulted
they will have faulted
Future Continuous
I will be faulting
you will be faulting
he/she/it will be faulting
we will be faulting
you will be faulting
they will be faulting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been faulting
you have been faulting
he/she/it has been faulting
we have been faulting
you have been faulting
they have been faulting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been faulting
you will have been faulting
he/she/it will have been faulting
we will have been faulting
you will have been faulting
they will have been faulting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been faulting
you had been faulting
he/she/it had been faulting
we had been faulting
you had been faulting
they had been faulting
Conditional
I would fault
you would fault
he/she/it would fault
we would fault
you would fault
they would fault
Past Conditional
I would have faulted
you would have faulted
he/she/it would have faulted
we would have faulted
you would have faulted
they would have faulted

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1. A fracture zone where one rock mass has moved against another.
2. A service that lands in the net or outside the receiver’s service court.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fault - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattentionfault - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
nonaccomplishment, nonachievement - an act that does not achieve its intended goal
blot, smirch, smear, stain, spot - an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
mix-up, confusion - a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; "he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw"
incursion - the mistake of incurring liability or blame
miscalculation, misestimation, misreckoning - a mistake in calculating
distortion - the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
parapraxis, slip-up, miscue, slip - a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
offside - (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)
lapse, oversight - a mistake resulting from inattention
omission, skip - a mistake resulting from neglect
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
balls-up, ballup, cockup, mess-up - something badly botched or muddled
renege, revoke - the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
2.fault - an imperfection in an object or machinefault - 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"
3.fault - the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
worth - the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
4.fault - (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the otherfault - (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
fault line - (geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface
crack, scissure, cleft, crevice, fissure - a long narrow opening
inclined fault - a geological fault in which one side is above the other
strike-slip fault - a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally
5.fault - (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.); "it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it"
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
equipment failure, breakdown - a cessation of normal operation; "there was a power breakdown"
6.fault - responsibility for a bad situation or eventfault - responsibility for a bad situation or event; "it was John's fault"
responsibleness, responsibility - a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; "he holds a position of great responsibility"
7.fault - (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)fault - (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area); "he served too many double faults"
double fault - (tennis) two successive faults in serving resulting in the loss of the point
footfault - a fault that occurs when the server in tennis fails to keep both feet behind the baseline
squash rackets, squash racquets, squash - a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
badminton - a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net
lawn tennis, tennis - a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
serve, service - (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game"
Verb1.fault - put or pin the blame onfault - put or pin the blame on    
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"

fault

noun
1. responsibility, liability, guilt, accountability, culpability It was all my fault we quarrelled.
2. mistake, slip, error, offence, blunder, lapse, negligence, omission, boob (Brit. slang), oversight, slip-up, indiscretion, inaccuracy, howler (informal), glitch (informal), error of judgment, boo-boo (informal) It was a genuine fault.
4. misdeed, failing, wrong, offence, sin, lapse, misconduct, wrongdoing, trespass, frailty, misdemeanour, delinquency, transgression, peccadillo Hypocrisy is one fault of which he cannot be accused.
verb
1. criticize, blame, complain, condemn, moan about, censure, hold (someone) responsible, hold (someone) accountable, find fault with, call to account, impugn, find lacking, hold (someone) to blame You can't fault them for lack of invention.
at fault guilty, responsible, to blame, accountable, in the wrong, culpable, answerable, blamable He didn't accept that he was at fault.
find fault with something or someone criticize, complain about, whinge about (informal), whine about (informal), flame (informal), quibble, diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), carp at, take to task, pick holes in, grouse about (informal), haul over the coals (informal), pull to pieces I do tend to find fault with everybody.
to a fault excessively, overly (U.S.), unduly, ridiculously, in the extreme, needlessly, out of all proportion, preposterously, overmuch, immoderately He was generous to a fault.
Quotations
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,"
"But in ourselves" [William Shakespeare Julius Caesar]

fault

noun
1. An imperfection of character:
2. Something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure:
3. Responsibility for an error or crime:
verb
To find fault with:
Informal: cut up, pan.
Slang: knock.
Translations
خَطَأزمبعَيْب، نَقيصَهيُخَطِّئ، يُعيب، يَنْتَقِدتَصَدُّع ، إنكِسار في الأرْض
chybanalézt/vytknout chybuporucharozsedlinavada
fejlforkastningkritisererakke ned påskyld
peko
vika
greškagrješkakrivnjamanarasjed
hibavetõdés
finna aî, gagnrÿnagallijarîsprunga; misgengimistök
責任
과실
defektaskaµtaskabinėtis prieneteisusper daug
atrast kļūdubojājumsdefektskļūdaplaisa
hibă
chybanájsť chybuzlom
grajatihibakrivdanapaka
fel
ข้อผิดพลาด
hatahata bulmakkabahatarızabozukluk
lỗi

fault

[fɔːlt]
A. N
1. (= defect) (in character) → defecto m; (in manufacture) → defecto m, falla f (LAm); (in supply, machine) → avería f
with all his faultscon todos sus defectos
her fault is excessive shynesspeca de tímida
generous to a faultexcesivamente generoso
to find faultponer reparos
to find fault with sth/sbcriticar algo/a algn
2. (= blame, responsibility) → culpa f
it's all your faulttienes toda la culpa
it's not my faultno es culpa mía
you were at fault in not telling ushiciste mal en no decírnoslo
your memory is at faultno te acuerdas bien
you were not at faultno por culpa suya
through no fault of his ownsin falta alguna de su parte
whose fault is it (if ...)?¿quién tiene la culpa (si ...)?
3. (Tennis) → falta f
4. (Geol) → falla f
B. VTcriticar
it cannot be faultedes intachable
you cannot fault him on spellingsu ortografía es impecable

fault

[ˈfɔːlt]
n
(thing of which one is guilty)faute f
It's my fault → C'est de ma faute.
Whose fault was it? → C'était la faute de qui?
sb's own fault
It's his own fault → Il ne peut s'en prendre qu'à lui-même.
through no fault of his own → sans qu'il y soit pour quoi que ce soit
through no fault of their own → sans qu'ils y soient pour quoi que ce soit
at fault → fautif/ive, coupable no-fault divorce
(= defect, flaw) (in machine, system, material)défaut m; (in person)défaut m
There's a fault in this material → Ce tissu a un défaut.
a mechanical fault → une défaillance mécanique
a technical fault → une défaillance technique
to find fault with sb/sth → trouver à redire à qn/qch, trouver à critiquer à qn/qch
to a fault → à l'excès
(= crack) (in the earth's surface)faille f
(TENNIS)faute f double fault
vttrouver des défauts à, prendre en défautfault-finding [ˈfɔːltfaɪndɪŋ] ncritiques fpl

fault

n
(= mistake, defect)Fehler m; (Tech) → Defekt m; generous to a faultübermäßig großzügig; to find fault with somebody/somethingetwas an jdm/etw auszusetzen haben; he was at faulter war im Unrecht; my memory was at faultmein Gedächtnis hat mich getrogen; you were at fault in not telling mees war nicht recht von Ihnen, dass Sie mir das nicht gesagt haben
no pl it won’t be my/his fault if …es ist nicht meine/seine Schuld, wenn …, ich bin/er ist nicht schuld,wenn …; whose fault is it?wer ist schuld (daran)?; it’s all your own faultdas ist Ihre eigene Schuld, Sie sind selbst schuld; through no fault of her own, she …es war nicht ihre eigene Schuld, dass sie …
(Geol) → Verwerfung f
(Tennis, Horseriding) → Fehler m
vt
Fehler finden an (+dat), → etwas auszusetzen haben an (+dat); I can’t fault it/himich habe nichts daran/an ihm auszusetzen
(Geol) → eine Verwerfung verursachen in (+dat)
vi (Geol) → sich verwerfen

fault

:
fault-finder
nKrittler(in) m(f)
fault-finding
adjkrittelig
nKrittelei f

fault

:
fault line
n (Geol) → Verwerfungslinie f
fault-tolerant
adj (Tech, Comput) → fehlertolerant

fault

[fɔːlt]
1. n
a. (defect) → difetto; (mistake) → errore m (Tennis) → fault m inv, fallo (Geol) → faglia
generous to a fault → eccessivamente generoso/a
to find fault with sb/sth → trovare da ridire su qn/qc
to be at fault → avere torto
your memory is at fault → non ricordi bene
b. (responsibility) → colpa
it's all your fault → è tutta colpa tua
whose fault is it (if ...)? → di chi è la colpa (se...)?

fault

(foːlt) noun
1. a mistake; something for which one is to blame. The accident was your fault.
2. an imperfection; something wrong. There is a fault in this machine; a fault in his character.
3. a crack in the rock surface of the earth. faults in the earth's crust.
verb
to find fault with. I couldn't fault him / his piano-playing.
ˈfaultless adjective
without fault; perfect. a faultless performance.
ˈfaultlessly adverb
ˈfaulty adjective
(usually of something mechanical) not made or working correctly.
at fault
wrong or to blame. She was at fault.
find fault with
to criticize or complain of. She is always finding fault with the way he eats.
to a fault
to too great an extent. She was generous to a fault.

fault

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fault

n. falta, defecto, culpa;
v.
to be at ___ser culpable.
References in classic literature ?
I should not have chosen that way of mending a fault," replied her mother, "but I'm not sure that it won't do you more good than a molder method.
He was depressed by the thought that he was not a part of the life in his own town, but the depression did not cut deeply as he did not think of himself as at fault.
Nestor has never quite forgiven me for that mistake about the dynamite box, and that wasn't my fault.
Was it the fault of Le Renard that his head was not made of rock?
I'm really ashamed of my forgetfulness again, but I'm afraid it's partly YOUR fault for entertaining me to the exclusion of yourself.
For here,--and if we fail to impress it suitably upon the reader, it is our own fault, not that of the theme, here is one of the truest points of melancholy interest that occur in ordinary life.
Both the children had a gentleness (it was their only fault, and it never made Miles a muff) that kept them--how shall I express it?
John is the best groom that ever was; he has been here fourteen years; and you never saw such a kind boy as James is; so that it is all Ginger's own fault that she did not stay in that box.
Only once there is a tight shave--and that is the fault of Marija Berczynskas.
I am sure your mother will not object to it; for I have had such good luck in getting my own children off my hands that she will think me a very fit person to have the charge of you; and if I don't get one of you at least well married before I have done with you, it shall not be my fault.
I am a wanderer and an exile, entirely through the fault of others.
You see the fault becomes a virtue when it is hers, the treason prospers; wherefore, no doubt, the impossibility of imagining it.