1 an imperfection; failing or defect; flaw
4 responsibility for a mistake or misdeed; culpability
5 (Electronics) a defect in a circuit, component, or line, such as a short circuit
6 (Geology) a fracture in the earth's crust resulting in the relative displacement and loss of continuity of the rocks on either side of it
7 (Tennis, squash, etc.) an invalid serve, such as one that lands outside a prescribed area
8 (in showjumping) a penalty mark given for failing to clear or refusing a fence, exceeding a time limit, etc.
9 (Hunting) an instance of the hounds losing the scent
10 deficiency; lack; want
a guilty of error; culpable
c (of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent
find fault (with) to seek out minor imperfections or errors (in); carp (at)
to a fault excessively
14 (Geology) to undergo or cause to undergo a fault
15 tr to find a fault in, criticize, or blame
16 intr to commit a fault
(C13: from Old French faute, from Vulgar Latin fallita (unattested), ultimately from Latin fallere to fail)
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