|1.||[ noun ] a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention|
"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|
"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|
"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|
|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|