|1.||[ noun ] a failing or deficiency|
"that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"
|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)|
"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|
"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|
"If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"
|Related terms:||flee rat desertion apostasy deserter protest|