defect has definitions from the field of medicine
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[ noun ] a failing or deficiency

Synonyms

shortcoming

Examples

"that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"

Used in print

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

To interpret , indeed , the era from 1000 to 800 as a period mainly of consolidation may be a necessary but unfortunate defect born of our lack of detailed information ; if we could see more deeply , we probably would find many side issues and wrong turnings which came to an end within the period .

Related terms

disadvantage

2
[ noun ] (medicine) an imperfection in a bodily system

Examples

"visual defects" "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"

Used in print

(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)

From the resulting data the doctor can determine lung defects with hitherto unknown accuracy and detail .

3
[ noun ] a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

Synonyms

blemish mar

Examples

"a facial blemish"

4
[ noun ] an imperfection in a device or machine

Synonyms

fault flaw

Examples

"if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

As with the penultimate Giselle release ( Wolff 's abridgment for RCA_Victor ) I find the cleaner , less razor edged monophonic version , for all its lack of big stage spaciousness , the more aurally tolerable - but this may be the result of processing defects in my SD copies .

Related terms

imperfection bug hole flaw

5
[ verb ] desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

Synonyms

desert

Examples

"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"

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