fault meaning

[ fɔ:lt ] Pronunciation:   "fault" in a sentence
  • Noun: fault  folt
    1. A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
      "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
      - mistake, error 
    2. An imperfection in an object or machine
      - defect, flaw 
    3. The quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
      "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
      - demerit 
    4. (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"
      - faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break 
    5. (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" 
    6. Responsibility for a bad situation or event
      "it was John's fault" 
    7. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
      "he served too many double faults"
    Verb: fault  folt
    1. Put or pin the blame on
      - blame

    Derived forms: faulted, faulting, faults

    See also: faulty

    Type of: accuse, breakdown, charge, cleft, crack, crevice, equipment failure, fissure, imperfection, imperfectness, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, responsibility, responsibleness, scissure, serve, service, worth

    Encyclopedia: Fault

  • [Architecture]

    A defect in the insulation or conductive capability of any component or device in an electric circuit, resulting in an interruption of current flow or in an unintended path of current flow of abnormal magnitude.

  • [Business]

    1 [C]

    something that is wrong or not perfect with sth; something that is wrong with a machine or system that stops it from working correctly:

    a technical fault

    faults in design

    The problem was caused by an electrical fault.

    2 [U]

    the responsibility for sth wrong that has happened or been done:

    She lost her job through no fault of her own.

    There is no suggestion that the company was at fault for the accident.

  • [Electronics]
    1. A defective point or region in a circuit or device.
    2. A failure in a circuit or device.

  • [Law]
    An improper act or omission which arises from ignorance, carelessness, or negligence. The act or omission must not have been meditated, and must have caused some injury to another.

    Faults or negligence are usually divided into gross, ordinary, and slight:
        Gross fault or neglect consists in not observing that care towards others which a least attentive person usually takes of his own affairs. Such fault may, in some cases, afford a presumption of fraud and in very gross cases it approaches so near as to be almost undistinguishable from it, especially when the facts seem hardly consistent with an honest intention. But there may be a gross fault without fraud.
        Ordinary faults consist in the omission of that care which mankind generally pay to their own concerns; that is, the want of ordinary diligence.
        A slight fault consists in the want of that care which very attentive persons take of their own affairs. This fault assimilates itself and, in some cases, is scarcely distinguishable from mere accident or want of foresight. This division has been adopted by common lawyers from the civil law.

    Different rules have been made as to the responsibilities of parties for their faults in relation to their contracts. E.G.:
        In those contracts where the party derives no benefit from his undertaking he is answerable only for his gross faults.
        In those contracts where the parties have a reciprocal interest, as in the contract of sale, they are responsible for ordinary neglect.
        In those contracts where the party receives the only advantage, as in the case of loan for use, he is answerable for his slight fault.


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  1. i like him none the less for his faults.
  2. i told him that it was his own fault.
  3. i didn't fault a man for chasing tail.
  4. i can not lick a fault out of him.
  5. faults are thick where love is thin.

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