• WordNet 3.6
    • v fault put or pin the blame on
    • n fault 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"
    • n fault (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area) "he served too many double faults"
    • n fault responsibility for a bad situation or event "it was John's fault"
    • n fault 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"
    • n fault (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"
    • n fault (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other "they built it right over a geological fault","he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
    • n fault an imperfection in an object or machine "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter","if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their asses.
    • Fault (Elec) A defective point in an electric circuit due to a crossing of the parts of the conductor, or to contact with another conductor or the earth, or to a break in the circuit.
    • Fault (Geol. & Mining) A dislocation caused by a slipping of rock masses along a plane of facture; also, the dislocated structure resulting from such slipping.
    • Fault (Geol. & Mining) A dislocation of the strata of the vein.
    • Fault (Hunting) A lost scent; act of losing the scent. "Ceasing their clamorous cry till they have singled,
      With much ado, the cold fault cleary out."
    • Fault A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime.
    • Fault Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish. "As patches set upon a little breach
      Discredit more in hiding of the fault ."
    • Fault Defect; want; lack; default. "One, it pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend."
    • Fault (Tennis) Failure to serve the ball into the proper court.
    • Fault (Geol. & Mining) In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc.
    • Fault To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame. "For that I will not fault thee."
    • v. i Fault To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong. "If after Samuel's death the people had asked of God a king, they had not faulted ."
    • Fault (Geol) To interrupt the continuity of (rock strata) by displacement along a plane of fracture; -- chiefly used in the p. p.; as, the coal beds are badly faulted .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide.
    • n fault Defect; lack; want; failure. See default.
    • n fault A lack; a defect; an imperfection; a failing, blemish, or flaw; any lack or impairment of excellence: applied to things.
    • n fault An error or defect of judgment or conduct; any deviation from prudence, rectitude, or duty; any shortcoming, or neglect of care or performance, resulting from inattention, incapacity, or perversity; a wrong tendency, course, or act.
    • n fault An occasion of blame or censure; a particular cause for reprehension or disapproval: as, to charge one with a fault, or find fault with one.
    • n fault Blame; censure; reproach.
    • n fault The act of losing the scent; a lost scent: said of sporting dogs.
    • n fault In geology, a severing of the continuity of a body of rock by a break through the mass, attended by movement on one side or the other of the break, so that what were once parts of one continuous stratum are now separated. The amount of displacement of the strata thus occasioned may be a few inches or thousands of feet. Faults of a few feet are, however, the most common. Faults are occasioned by movements of the crust of the earth, and are a part of the complicated phenomena by which mountain - chains are built up, and continents elevated and depressed. See slip, slide, break.
    • n fault In tennis, a stroke by which the server fails to drive the ball into the proper part of his opponent's court. See lawn-tennis.
    • n fault In telegraphy, a new path opened to a current by any accident; a derived current, or derivation.
    • n fault In hunting, thrown off the scent or the trail; unable to find the scent, as dogs.
    • n fault Unable to proceed, by reason of some embarrassment or uncertainty; puzzled; out of bearing; astray.
    • n fault Synonyms Flaw.
    • n fault Misdeed, misdemeanor, transgression, wrong-doing, delinquency, weakness, slip, indiscretion.
    • fault To lack.
    • fault To charge with a fault; find fault with; reproach.
    • fault In geology, to cause a fault in.
    • fault To scent or see; find out; discover.
    • fault To be in fault; be wrong; fail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer together each year because they are on opposite sides of the San Andreas fault.
    • n Fault fawlt a failing: error: blemish: imperfection: a slight offence: :
    • n Fault fawlt (geol., min.) a displacement of strata or veins
    • n Fault fawlt (tennis) a stroke in which the player fails to serve the ball into the proper place
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.”
  • Henry Ford
    “Don't find fault, find a remedy.”
  • Ulpian Fulwell
    Ulpian Fulwell
    “A fault is sooner found than mended.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world.”
  • Horace
    “While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.”


To a fault - If something does something to a fault, they do it excessively. So someone who is generous to a fault is too generous.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. faut, faute, F. faute,cf. It., Sp., & Pg. falta,), fr. a verb meaning to want, fail, freq., fr. L. fallere, to deceive. See Fail, and cf. Default
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. faute, falte—L. fallĕre, to deceive.


In literature:

I relapsed into my former faults of lying and peevishness.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
With these he is never at fault and never out of touch.
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
At most a fault, 'tis but a fault of love.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
For a great fault a little punishment Suffices to a father.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Much as her waywardness and hastiness were at fault, he was still more to blame in effecting the rupture between them.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
I'm afraid it was partly my fault.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
There was a chance to find fault with the house, if anyone had at this time been inclined to find fault with anything.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
The fact that you do not understand a man, is quite as likely to be your fault as his.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I have little doubt that I, on my part, was formal, priggish, perhaps absurd; all these faults she charged me with.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The Master said, The fault is to cleave to a fault.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius

In poetry:

He has not stirred a foot
Across the threshold. That's his only fault—
He's always in the way.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
The thirteenth generation,—
Unlucky number this!—
My grandma loved a Pirate,
And all my faults are his!
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown

Trailing knots of the vine,
And under the vine red sorrel,
Was it your fault, or mine,
The sudden quarrel ?
"The Brothers" by Ethel Clifford
And though to rest it never halts,
Its progress is so slow;
Alas, it has too many faults,
Nor much of heavenly glow.
"The Big Bear Creek" by Joseph Horatio Chant
How much they suffer from our faults!
How much from our mistakes!
How often, too, mistaken zeal
An infant's misery makes!
"Children" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
‘Some faults the gods will give’ to fetter
Man’s highest intent:
But surely you were something better
Than innocent !
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Audit Faults ' Honor System ' for Aid to City's Homeless.
Jonah Lehrer's mistakes are not our fault.
Google Is Faulted for Impeding US Inquiry on Data Collection.
Trustmark found at fault in trust mismanagement lawsuit.
French Report Faults Indecision on Nuclear Industry.
Indecision where it comes to selecting a good beer to drink is one of my faults.
Regulators Faulted for ' Inertia ' Over Meningitis Concerns.
His record in office is showing his inexperience to a fault -- he cannot run on his record so all he can do is run a negative campaign against Mitt Romney.
Derco Repair Services, an avionics element of Sikorsky Aerospace Services based in Milwaukee, has introduced an intermittent fault detection and isolation system ( IFDIS ) that helps pinpoint intermittent faults in electrical components.
Derco Provides Intermittent Fault Detection.
Find more articles on Arc Flash/Arc Fault.
An estimated 400 million ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) have been installed across the country.
It takes a special awfulness for an artist to be worth remembering not for the value but for the faults of his work.
It's the Westminster Dog Show's fault though.
FAIRBANKS — In June, we thought the legal fight between Joe Miller and the borough about his employment record was over when Miller signed off on a $5,000 deal in which the borough accepted no fault in the matter.

In science:

In OAI-PMH, the metadata is distributed and replicated in many different places and potentially provides a highly redundant and fault-tolerant system.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
Where there are OAI-PMH implementation faults, SPs must try to work around these problems, or, as we suggest, use a separate layer to fix errors with the DP’s implementation: an OAI-PMH Proxy.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
Nevertheless, we can provisionally conclude that the global definition of the arrow of time has no serious faults and, therefore, it can be used as a solid basis for studying other problems related with the time-asymmetry of the universe and its sub-systems.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Gottesman, “A theory of fault-tolerant quantum compu tation,” Phys.
Simple Rate-1/3 Convolutional and Tail-Biting Quantum Error-Correcting Codes
Noise estimation is an important problem for the experimental development of coherent quantum control [4, 5] and, ultimately, fault-tolerant quantum processing via the optimization of error-correction schemes .
Convergence Conditions for Random Quantum Circuits