Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “defect”

See all translations

defect

noun [C] uk   /ˈdiː.fekt/ us  
C1 a fault or problem in something or someone that spoils that thing or person or causes it, him, or her not to work correctly: All the company's aircraft have been grounded, after a defect in the engine cooling system was discovered. There are so many defects in our education system. It's a character defect in her that she can't ever admit she's wrong. a physical condition in which something is wrong with a part of someone's body: She suffers from a heart/sight/speech defect. The drug has been shown to cause birth defects. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a genetic defect.

defect

verb [I] uk   /dɪˈfekt/ us  
to leave a country, political party, etc., especially in order to join an opposing one: When the national hockey team visited the US, half the players defected. The British spy, Kim Philby, defected to the Soviet Union/defected from Britain in 1963.
defector
noun [C] uk   /dɪˈfek.tər/ us    /-tɚ/
She was one of many Communist Party defectors.
Translations of “defect”
in Spanish defecto…
in French défaut…
in German der Fehler…
in Chinese (Traditional) 缺點, 缺陷, 瑕疵…
in Russian дефект, неисправность…
in Turkish kusur, eksik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缺点, 缺陷, 瑕疵…
in Polish wada, defekt, usterka…
(Definition of defect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of defect?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “defect” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More