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Dictionary definition for: Fault

1. (n) responsibility for a bad situation or event; "it was John''s fault"

2. (v) put or pin the blame on

3. (n) (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"

4. (n) 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"

5. (n) 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"

6. (n) an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

7. (n) (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area) "he served too many double faults"

8. (n) (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"

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