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Definition of "default" []

  • Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation, especially failure to meet a financial obligation: in default on a loan. (noun)
  • Law Failure to make a required court appearance. (noun)
  • The failure of one or more competitors or teams to participate in a contest: won the championship by default. (noun)
  • Computer Science A particular setting or value for a variable that is assigned automatically by an operating system and remains in effect unless canceled or overridden by the operator: changed the default for the font in the word processing program. (noun)
  • A situation or condition that obtains in the absence of active intervention. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "default" in a sentence
  • "Switching between modes toggles between the original assignments saved with the setting and the default assignments (taken from #default. pst setting-which is loaded on instantiation of Sculpture, if it exists)."
  • "* @param string $default URL to a default image to use if no avatar is available"
  • "The word default that's being thrown around is being used inappropriately."