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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.


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.


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

Broader (hypernym)flee, fly, take flight

Narrower (hyponym)rat

Entaildissent, protest, resist

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