1. [ noun ] a failing or deficiency
Synonyms: shortcoming

"that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"

Related terms: disadvantage
2. [ noun ] (medicine) an imperfection in a bodily system

"visual defects" "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"

Related terms: imperfection myelatelia birth_defect
3. [ noun ] a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
Synonyms: blemish mar

"a facial blemish"

Related terms: appearance ugliness smudge scratch birthmark crack chatter_mark burn wart stigma blackhead whitehead crack mole dent mar flaw
4. [ noun ] an imperfection in a device or machine
Synonyms: fault flaw

"if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

Related terms: imperfection bug hole flaw
5. [ verb ] desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
Synonyms: desert

"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"

Related terms: flee rat desertion apostasy deserter protest
Similar spelling:   defector