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English noun: fault

1. fault (act) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention


SamplesHe made a bad mistake.
She was quick to point out my errors.
I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults.


Synonymserror, mistake


Broader (hypernym)nonaccomplishment, nonachievement


Narrower (hyponym)balls-up, ballup, betise, bloomer, blooper, blot, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, cockup, confusion, distortion, flub, folly, foolishness, foul-up, fuckup, imbecility, incursion, lapse, mess-up, miscalculation, miscue, misestimation, misreckoning, mix-up, offside, omission, oversight, parapraxis, pratfall, renege, revoke, skip, slip, slip-up, smear, smirch, spot, stain, stupidity

2. fault (state) an imperfection in an object or machine


SamplesA flaw caused the crystal to shatter.
If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer.


Synonymsdefect, flaw


Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness


Narrower (hyponym)blister, bug, glitch, hole

3. fault (attribute) the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection


SamplesThey discussed the merits and demerits of her novel.
He knew his own faults much better than she did.


Synonymsdemerit


Broader (hypernym)worth


Antonymsmerit, virtue

4. fault (object) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other


SamplesThey built it right over a geological fault.
He studied the faulting of the earth's crust.


Synonymsbreak, faulting, fracture, geological fault, shift


Broader (hypernym)cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure


Narrower (hyponym)inclined fault, strike-slip fault


Instance hyponymDenali Fault, San Andreas Fault


Part holonymfault line


Domain categorygeology

5. fault (event) (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)


SamplesIt took much longer to find the fault than to fix it.


Broader (hypernym)breakdown, equipment failure


Domain categoryelectronics

6. fault (attribute) responsibility for a bad situation or event


SamplesIt was John's fault.


Broader (hypernym)responsibility, responsibleness

7. fault (act) (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)


SamplesHe served too many double faults.


Broader (hypernym)serve, service


Narrower (hyponym)double fault, footfault


Domain categorybadminton, lawn tennis, squash, squash rackets, squash racquets, tennis


English verb: fault

1. fault (communication) put or pin the blame on


Synonymsblame


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Broader (hypernym)accuse, charge


Antonymsabsolve, justify, free









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