Definitions of fault

  1. To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame.
  2. 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.
  3. To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong.
  4. To charge with a fault; to accuse. To find fault, to express blame; to complain. At fault, puzzled, off the seent. To find fault with, to blame.
  5. 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"
  6. ( tennis or badminton or squash) a serve that is illegal ( e. g., that lands outside the prescribed area); " he served too many double faults"
  7. responsibility for a bad situation or event; " it was John's fault"
  8. ( sports) a serve that is illegal ( e. g., that lands outside the prescribed area); " he served too many double faults"
  9. Defect; want; lack; default.
  10. Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish.
  11. A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime.
  12. A dislocation of the strata of the vein.
  13. In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc.
  14. A lost scent; act of losing the scent.
  15. Failure to serve the ball into the proper court.
  16. 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.
  17. A dislocation caused by a slipping of rock masses along a plane of facture; also, the dislocated structure resulting from such slipping.
  18. A slight crime or offense; blemish; defect in character.
  19. A failing; error; blemish; a slight offence; ( geol. and min.) a displacement of strata or veins.
  20. Failing; error; defect; slight offence.
  21. An offense; failing; neglect.
  22. A defect; blemish; break in strata.
  23. Whatever impairs excellence, as a flaw, a blemish, a defect, a mistake; any slip in conduct or propriety, whether in the way of defect, neglect, or deviation; a disturbance of the strata, which interrupts the miner's operations and puts him at fault to discover where the vein or bed has been thrown by the convulsions of nature.
  24. An offence; a slight crime; an error or mistake; a defect; among miners, a fissure or break accompanied by a displacement of the strata on each side.