Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "defect" []

  • The lack of something necessary or desirable for completion or perfection; a deficiency: a visual defect. (noun)
  • An imperfection that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming. See Synonyms at blemish. (noun)
  • To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel. (verb-intransitive)
  • To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade. (verb-intransitive)

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 "defect" in a sentence
  • "Skimping here could end up costing plenty if you discover a title defect after you own the property."
  • "Democrats will need at least two Republicans -- possibly more -- to defect from a hard-line anti-deficit spending stance in order to break a filibuster."
  • "This last defect is all the more glaring since the 'war on terror' in its varied aspects is supposedly global."