• noun a feature that spoils the overall quality of something
  • noun a change in the position of the rock layers of the Earth’s crust in response to stress, leading to earthquakes
  • A defect in a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system, which impairs operation significantly or that causes a failure. Also, a failure caused by such a defect.
  • In a component or circuit, a defect such as a short circuit, an open circuit, or an unintentional ground. Also, a failure caused by such a defect. Also called electrical fault.
  • A defective region in a component, circuit, or device.
  • An error or defect in computer software or hardware. Said especially of one which causes a failure. When such a fault is persistent, also called bug (1).

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