1. [ noun ] a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
Synonyms: error mistake

"he made a bad mistake" "she was quick to point out my errors" "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

Related terms: nonaccomplishment oversight omission blunder miscalculation stupidity slip ballup confusion incursion distortion blot footfault revoke blame
2. [ noun ] (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)

"it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it"

Related terms: breakdown electronics
3. [ noun ] an imperfection in a device or machine
Synonyms: flaw defect

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

Related terms: imperfection bug hole flaw
4. [ noun ] the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
Synonyms: demerit

"they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel" "he knew his own faults much better than she did"

Related terms: merit worth
5. [ verb ] put or pin the blame on
Synonyms: blame
Related terms: absolve charge
6. [ noun ] (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
Synonyms: break fault_line fracture shift geological_fault

"they built it right over a geological fault"

Related terms: crack strike-slip_fault inclined_fault San_Andreas_Fault denali_fault fault_line geology
7. [ noun ] responsibility for a bad situation or event

"it was John's fault"

Related terms: responsibility blame
8. [ noun ] (tennis or badminton or squash) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

"he served too many double faults"

Related terms: serve double_fault footfault tennis badminton squash
Similar spelling:   faulty