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Definition 1: a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention - [noun denoting act]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for fault in the sense of this definition

(fault is a kind of ...) an act that does not achieve its intended goal

(... is a kind of fault ) a stupid mistake

(... is a kind of fault ) something badly botched or muddled

(... is a kind of fault ) an embarrassing mistake

(... is a kind of fault ) a mistake resulting from neglect

(... is a kind of fault ) a mistake resulting from inattention

(... is a kind of fault ) (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)

(... is a kind of fault ) a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.

(... is a kind of fault ) the mistake of misrepresenting the facts

(... is a kind of fault ) a mistake in calculating

(... is a kind of fault ) the mistake of incurring liability or blame

(... is a kind of fault ) a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another

"he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw"

(... is a kind of fault ) an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

"he made a huge blot on his copybook"

(... is a kind of fault ) the mistake of not following suit when able to do so

Definition 2: (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he served too many double faults

(fault is a kind of ...) (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

"his powerful serves won the game"

(... is a kind of fault ) (tennis) two successive faults in serving resulting in the loss of the point

(... is a kind of fault ) a fault that occurs when the server in tennis fails to keep both feet behind the baseline

(fault belongs to category ...) a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets

(fault belongs to category ...) a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net

(fault belongs to category ...) a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

Definition 3: the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for fault in the sense of this definition

(fault is a kind of ...) the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

Definition 4: responsibility for a bad situation or event - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was John's fault

(fault is a kind of ...) a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct

"he holds a position of great responsibility"

Definition 5: (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.) - [noun denoting event]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(fault is a kind of ...) a cessation of normal operation

"there was a power breakdown"

(fault belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices

Definition 6: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other - [noun denoting object]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they built it right over a geological fault
  • he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Synonyms for fault in the sense of this definition

(fault is a kind of ...) a long narrow opening

(... is a kind of fault ) a geological fault in which one side is above the other

(... is a kind of fault ) a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally

(... is an instance of fault) a major open geological fault in Alaska

(... is an instance of fault) a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes

(fault is a part of ...) (geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface

(fault belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Definition 7: an imperfection in an object or machine - [noun denoting state]

Samples where fault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a flaw caused the crystal to shatter
  • if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer

Synonyms for fault in the sense of this definition

(fault is a kind of ...) the state or an instance of being imperfect

(... is a kind of fault ) a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint)

(... is a kind of fault ) a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine

(... is a kind of fault ) a fault

"he shot holes in my argument"

Definition 8: put or pin the blame on - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for fault in the sense of this definition

(fault is a kind of ...) blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

"he charged the director with indifference"

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