DEFECT, n. L. To fail; to make or do.
1. Want or absence of something necessary or useful towards perfection; fault; imperfection.
Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied.
We say, there are numerous defects in the plan, or in the work, or in the execution.
2. Failing; fault; mistake; imperfection in moral conduct, or in judgment.
A deep conviction of the defects of our lives tends to make us humble.
Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,
Make use of every friend and every foe.
3. Any want, or imperfection, in natural objects; the absence of any thing necessary to perfection; any thing unnatural or misplaced; blemish; deformity. We speak of a defect in the organs of seeing or hearing, or in a limb; a defect in timber; a defect in an instrument, &c.
DEFECT, v.i. To be deficient.