• WordNet 3.6
    • n defection withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
    • n defection the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defection Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away; apostasy; backsliding. "Defection and falling away from God.""The general defection of the whole realm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defection A lack: a failure; especially, failure in the performance of duty or obligation.
    • n defection The act of abandoning a person or a cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; a falling away; apostasy; backsliding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Defection a failure, a falling away from duty: revolt
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Only the great can afford to have great defects.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. defectio,: cf. F. défection,. See Defect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deficĕre, defectum, to fail—de, down, and facĕre, to do.


In literature:

Special intelligence tests failed to reveal any intellectual defect.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
We see in this very fact one of the underlying causes of the great Rationalistic defection.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
This radical defect in the plan is not counterbalanced by any felicity in the execution.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Blindness, for example, may be an inborn defect.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Perhaps the worst defect in the Occidental philosophy of life is the failure to learn this control.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The sewerage is generally good, but defective in some places.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Such a revelation came once in a way which, while creditable to her heart, was defective in another direction.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
His dominions, it is true, were disjointed, and funds were often to seek, but these defects have been overrated.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
It was in truth a book in which extraordinary merits were balanced by extraordinary defects.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
And yet the defect is balanced by the vigour naturally connected with an unflinching realism.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

Safely his dearest friends may own
The slight defects he never hid,
The surface-blemish in the stone
Of the tall, stately pyramid.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Chief Defect of Henry King
Was chewing little bits of String.
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in ugly Knots inside.
"Henry King,{ Who chewed bits of String, and was cut off in Dreadful Agonies}" by Hilaire Belloc
It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.
But it has one defect:
It needs a driver.
"From A German War Primer" by Bertolt Brecht
FLORUS. Not seeing
Any graver defect of manner,
Than what in his birth and breeding
Rank may cover with its mantle,
But not so . . . .
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
ASTOLFO. In not knowing me I o'erlook,
But alone for this defect,
This response that lacks respect,
And due honour. Muscovy's Duke
Am I, and your cousin born,
Thus my equal I regard thee.
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The mother's darling, this great boy
Was all-accomplish'd in her eye;
For when she look'd within, without,
Not one defect could she find out.
Horse, child, and dog, will bear the test,
Are by each owner counted best.
"Courtship" by William Hutton

In news:

The research, which was done in fruit flies , helps to explain birth defects in humans.
ANGUS AFFECTED--A genetic defect called Neuropathic Hydrocephalus has been discovered in the Angus breed.
Risk factors for this condition include obesity, a family history of diabetes, age over 25, or previously having a child who was very large, had birth defects, or was stillborn.
Duke figured to struggle this season, after half of Durham defected to the NBA, but Mike Krzyzewski keeps reminding us how magnificently he recruits and coaches.
Glass Durability and Surface Defects.
While eating supper a few days back, I caught the end of a feature bit on a kid in California — I think it was California — who was making a name for himself by overcoming severe birth defects.
Governmental Immunity – Notice of highway defect sufficient despite mistake.
Governmental Immunity – City didn't have notice of defective sidewalk.
Svetlana Alliluyeva's Graceful Defection from the Soviet Union.
Rheya Tooke was diagnosed with three deadly defects when she was only 10days old.
0 Vaccination against the swine flu in 2009 and 2010 didn't increase the risk of birth defects, but it did produce a small risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome in people older than 50.
It suffered a major chip defect, a key smartphone partner jilted Intel in favor of Microsoft, Apple's iPad continued to eat away at sales of traditional PCs, and Japan's catastrophe threatened to disrupt Intel's supply chain.
The use of hydroxyapatite cement and a pericranial /deep temporal fascia graft for cranioplastic reconstruction of translabyrinthine craniectomy defects.
In an effort to placate the angry customer, the store manager replaced the defective product with a more expensive model at no extra charge.
Carrier, policyholder allege machine's defect caused a home fire.

In science:

We place the defect particle at site ndef = 2 (close to the actuator) so that the energy applied by the actuator, at the defect mode frequency, will not be completely attenuated by the uniform crystal, which acts as a mechanical frequency filter, before it arrives at the defect site.
Defect Modes in One-Dimensional Granular Crystals
Because of the localized nature of the defect mode, placing a defect particle (of radius r ≤ 7.14 mm) at site ndef = 2 or further into the chain makes nearly no difference on the frequency of the defect mode.
Defect Modes in One-Dimensional Granular Crystals
For instance, for a defect particle of radius r = 7.14 mm, we numerically calculate (using Eq. 3) the difference in the defect mode frequency for the cases where a defect particle is placed at site ndef = 2 or ndef = 10, to be 3 Hz.
Defect Modes in One-Dimensional Granular Crystals
Conversely, because of the presence of the fixed boundary and the larger localization length of the defect mode, for a defect particle of r = 8.73 mm, we calculate the difference in defect mode frequency, between sites ndef = 2 and ndef = 10, to be 68 Hz.
Defect Modes in One-Dimensional Granular Crystals
The presence of the defect mode can be clearly identified in the vicinity of the defect (at n = 4), but is not visible far from the defect (at n = 20).
Defect Modes in One-Dimensional Granular Crystals