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Definitions of fault

  1. put or pin the blame on
  2. ( 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"
  3. an imperfection in a device or machine; " if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
  4. 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. 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. ( 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. To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame.
  17. To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong.
  18. 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.
  19. A dislocation caused by a slipping of rock masses along a plane of facture; also, the dislocated structure resulting from such slipping.
  20. 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.
  21. A slight crime or offense; blemish; defect in character.
  22. A failing; error; blemish; a slight offence; ( geol. and min.) a displacement of strata or veins.
  23. Failing; error; defect; slight offence.
  24. An offense; failing; neglect.
  25. A defect; blemish; break in strata.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
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Usage examples for fault

  1. " It was thy own fault. – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  2. I dare say it was my fault, but I wasn't happy, and I wanted to get away. – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Wouldn't it be very easy to explain how I came on this boat, and that it wasn't your fault at all? – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  4. I'm certain it wasn't my fault... – The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse
  5. It was not my fault, sir. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  6. Arthur, Arthur, don't say it was my fault! – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  7. It was my fault- and we cannot let you go. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  8. " Don't find fault, son," he said. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. Oh, but that is not Mr. Jellicoe's fault. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  10. " It wasn't your fault, Tom. – Left End Edwards by Ralph Henry Barbour
  11. It was our fault. – Bobby of the Labrador by Dillon Wallace
  12. It is all his fault. – If You're Going to Live in the Country by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  13. But is that my fault! – Sisters by Kathleen Norris
  14. But it isn't your fault, if people will not give you money. – Phil the Fiddler by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  15. It is your own fault if you get into trouble over this matter. – A Mysterious Disappearance by Gordon Holmes
  16. " 'Tain't all my fault. – The Border Boys Across the Frontier by Fremont B. Deering
  17. She put the thought that it was all Melvina's fault out of her mind. – A Little Maid of Old Maine by Alice Turner Curtis
  18. " Dear Vick, it was all her fault. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
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