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Definition of fault:

  1. 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.
  2. A dislocation caused by a slipping of rock masses along a plane of facture; also, the dislocated structure resulting from such slipping.
  3. A dislocation of the strata of the vein.
  4. A lost scent; act of losing the scent.
  5. A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime.
  6. Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish.
  7. Defect; want; lack; default.
  8. Failure to serve the ball into the proper court.
  9. In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc.
  10. To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame.
  11. To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong.
  12. 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.


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