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flaw 1

 (flô)
n.
1. An imperfection, often concealed, that impairs soundness: a flaw in the crystal that caused it to shatter. See Synonyms at blemish.
2. A defect or shortcoming in something intangible: The two leaders share the flaw of arrogance.
tr.v. flawed, flaw·ing, flaws
To cause a flaw in; make defective: an argument that was flawed by specious reasoning.

[Middle English flaue, splinter, perhaps from Old Norse flaga, slab of stone; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

flaw 2

 (flô)
n.
A quick, intense burst, especially of wind, rain, or snow.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish flaga, gust of wind.]

flaw′y adj.

flaw

(flɔː)
n
1. an imperfection, defect, or blemish
2. a crack, breach, or rift
3. (Law) law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
vb
to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
[C14: probably from Old Norse flaga stone slab; related to Swedish flaga chip, flake, flaw]
ˈflawless adj
ˈflawlessly adv
ˈflawlessness n

flaw

(flɔː)
n
1. (Physical Geography)
a. a sudden short gust of wind; squall
b. a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
2. obsolete an outburst of strong feeling
[C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian flaga squall, gust, Middle Dutch vlāghe]
ˈflawy adj

flaw1

(flɔ)

n.
1. a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect.
2. a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
3. a crack or breach.
v.t.
4. to produce a flaw in.
v.i.
5. to become defective.
[1275–1325; Middle English flaw(e), flage]
flaw′less, adj.
flaw′less•ly, adv.
flaw′less•ness, n.
syn: See defect.

flaw2

(flɔ)

n.
1. a brief windstorm or gust of wind.
2. Obs. a burst of feeling.
[1475–85; < Old Norse flaga attack, squall]
flaw′y, adj.

Flaw

 turfs collectively, 1811.

flaw


Past participle: flawed
Gerund: flawing

Imperative
flaw
flaw
Present
I flaw
you flaw
he/she/it flaws
we flaw
you flaw
they flaw
Preterite
I flawed
you flawed
he/she/it flawed
we flawed
you flawed
they flawed
Present Continuous
I am flawing
you are flawing
he/she/it is flawing
we are flawing
you are flawing
they are flawing
Present Perfect
I have flawed
you have flawed
he/she/it has flawed
we have flawed
you have flawed
they have flawed
Past Continuous
I was flawing
you were flawing
he/she/it was flawing
we were flawing
you were flawing
they were flawing
Past Perfect
I had flawed
you had flawed
he/she/it had flawed
we had flawed
you had flawed
they had flawed
Future
I will flaw
you will flaw
he/she/it will flaw
we will flaw
you will flaw
they will flaw
Future Perfect
I will have flawed
you will have flawed
he/she/it will have flawed
we will have flawed
you will have flawed
they will have flawed
Future Continuous
I will be flawing
you will be flawing
he/she/it will be flawing
we will be flawing
you will be flawing
they will be flawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flawing
you have been flawing
he/she/it has been flawing
we have been flawing
you have been flawing
they have been flawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flawing
you will have been flawing
he/she/it will have been flawing
we will have been flawing
you will have been flawing
they will have been flawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flawing
you had been flawing
he/she/it had been flawing
we had been flawing
you had been flawing
they had been flawing
Conditional
I would flaw
you would flaw
he/she/it would flaw
we would flaw
you would flaw
they would flaw
Past Conditional
I would have flawed
you would have flawed
he/she/it would have flawed
we would have flawed
you would have flawed
they would have flawed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flaw - an imperfection in an object or machineflaw - 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"
2.flaw - defect or weakness in a person's character; "he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless"
failing, weakness - a flaw or weak point; "he was quick to point out his wife's failings"
hamartia, tragic flaw - the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
3.flaw - an imperfection in a plan or theory or legal document that causes it to fail or that reduces its effectiveness
imperfection, imperfectness - the state or an instance of being imperfect
Verb1.flaw - add a flaw or blemish toflaw - add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

flaw

noun
1. error, mistake, fault, blunder, inaccuracy, howler (informal), solecism Almost all these studies have serious flaws.
2. weakness, failing, defect, weak spot, spot, fault, scar, blemish, imperfection, speck, disfigurement, chink in your armour The only flaw in his character is a short temper.
3. crack, break, split, breach, tear, rent, fracture, rift, cleft, crevice, fissure, scission a flaw in the rock wide enough for a foot

flaw

noun
Something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure:
verb
To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
Translations
عَيْبنَقْص، خَلَل، عَيْب
chybavada
fejl
vika
nedostatak
galli
きず
결점
įlūžimassu trūkumu
bojājumsdefektstrūkums
felaktighet
ข้อบกพร่อง
khiếm khuyết

flaw

[flɔː] N (= defect) (in character, system) → defecto m, fallo m; (in material, beauty, diamond) → desperfecto m, tara f; (in reasoning) → error m, fallo m; (= crack) → grieta f

flaw

[ˈflɔː] ndéfaut m

flaw

n (lit)Fehler m; (fig also)Mangel m; (in sb’s character also) → Mangel m, → Defekt m; (Jur, in contract etc) → (Form)fehler m
vt her argument was flawed by lack of evidenceihr Argument wurde durch Mangel an Beweisen entkräftet; her beauty was not flawed by the slightest imperfectionihre Schönheit wurde durch keinen Mangel getrübt

flaw

[flɔː] n (gen) → difetto; (crack, in china) → incrinatura

flaw

(floː) noun
a fault; something which makes something not perfect. a flaw in the material.
flawed adjective
having a flaw. This china is flawed.
ˈflawless adjective
perfect. her flawless beauty.

flaw

عَيْب chyba fejl Mangel ψεγάδι defecto, error vika faille nedostatak pecca きず 결점 gebrek lyte skaza falha изъян felaktighet ข้อบกพร่อง kusur khiếm khuyết 缺点

flaw

n. falta, defecto, falla.
References in classic literature ?
As often as Mick Walker went away in the course of that forenoon, I mingled my tears with the water in which I was washing the bottles; and sobbed as if there were a flaw in my own breast, and it were in danger of bursting.
These changes in the Heav'ns, though slow, produc'd Like change on Sea and Land, sideral blast, Vapour, and Mist, and Exhalation hot, Corrupt and Pestilent: Now from the North Of NORUMBEGA, and the SAMOED shoar Bursting thir brazen Dungeon, armd with ice And snow and haile and stormie gust and flaw, BOREAS and CAECIAS and ARGESTES loud And THRASCIAS rend the Woods and Seas upturn; With adverse blast up-turns them from the South NOTUS and AFER black with thundrous Clouds From SERRALIONA; thwart of these as fierce Forth rush the LEVANT and the PONENT VVindes EURUS and ZEPHIR with thir lateral noise, SIROCCO, and LIBECCHIO.
No,' returned the jeweller, giving back the diamond and the ring to Caderousse -- `no, it is worth no more, and I am sorry I offered so much, for the stone has a flaw in it, which I had not seen.
Ships, certainly, are liable to casualties, which sometimes make terribly evident some flaw in their construction that would never have been discoverable in smooth water; and many a "good fellow," through a disastrous combination of circumstances, has undergone a like betrayal.
The Witnesses proved, without error or flaw, That the sty was deserted when found: And the Judge kept explaining the state of the law In a soft under-current of sound.
It was only to see if there was - a flaw in a jewel.
Masculine observers, if the birthmark did not heighten their admiration, contented themselves with wishing it away, that the world might possess one living specimen of ideal loveliness without the semblance of a flaw.
To render the matter even surer yet, however, this bullet was discovered to have a flaw or seam at right angles to the usual suture, and upon examination, this seam corresponded precisely with an accidental ridge or elevation in a pair of moulds acknowledged by the accused himself to be his own property.
Oolanga, having tried standing tiptoe on the highest point near, and holding the lantern as high as he could, threw the light round the edges of the door to see if he could find anywhere a hole or a flaw in the metal through which he could obtain a glimpse.
I see now,' continued Mr Mifflin, 'that there was a flaw in my original plan.
But he can act a part too--his one unchanging character--and as he holds the door open for this woman, fifty pairs of eyes, each fifty times sharper than Sir Leicester's pair, should find no flaw in him.
They are new and snowy; every outline is perfect, every feature guiltless of mutilation, flaw, or blemish; and therefore, to us these far-reaching ranks of bewitching forms are a hundred fold more lovely than the damaged and dingy statuary they have saved from the wreck of ancient art and set up in the galleries of Paris for the worship of the world.