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English noun: defect

1. defect (state) an imperfection in a bodily system


SamplesVisual defects.
This device permits detection of defects in the lungs.


Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness


Narrower (hyponym)birth defect, congenital abnormality, congenital anomaly, congenital defect, congenital disorder, myelatelia

2. defect (attribute) a failing or deficiency


SamplesThat interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information.


Synonymsshortcoming


Broader (hypernym)disadvantage

3. defect (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.


Synonymsfault, flaw


Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness


Narrower (hyponym)blister, bug, glitch, hole

4. defect (attribute) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)


SamplesA facial blemish.


Synonymsblemish, mar


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect


Narrower (hyponym)birthmark, blackhead, blot, burn, burn mark, chatter mark, check, chip, comedo, crack, daub, dent, ding, gouge, mark, milium, mole, nevus, nick, scar, scrape, scratch, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot, stigma, verruca, wart, whitehead


English verb: defect

1. defect (social) desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army


SamplesIf soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot.


Synonymsdesert


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)flee, fly, take flight


Narrower (hyponym)rat


Entaildissent, protest, resist









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