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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fault:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fault:


The word fault is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fault

What does fault mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: faults

  1. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  2. an imperfection in an object or machine
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of fault: defect / flaw
    • more generic words: imperfection / imperfectness = the state or an instance of being imperfect
    • more specific words:
      • blister = a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere
      • glitch / bug = a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
      • hole = a fault
  3. the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
    • example: he knew his own faults much better than she did
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of fault: demerit
    • more generic word: worth = the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
  4. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  5. (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
  6. responsibility for a bad situation or event
  7. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

Alternative definition of the noun fault


  1. A defect; something that detracts from perfection.
  2. A mistake or error.
  3. A weakness of character.
  4. A minor offense.
  5. Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.
  6. [geology] A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity
  7. [context: tennis] An illegal serve.
  8. [context: electrical] An abnormal connection in a circuit.

Specialised definition of the noun fault

Glossary of management / IT service management / availability management

a condition that causes a functional unit to fail to perform the required function

Glossary of sports

illegal (or incomplete) execution of a technique specific to a sport discipline, e.g. travelling in handball and basketball, incorrect serve in racquet games (badminton, tennis, etc.), knocking down an obstacle in show-jumping, catching the ball with both hands in water polo, touching the ball with the hand in soccer, the execution of an gymnastic exercise that does not correspond to the Code de Pointage. Faults and the corresponding sanctions are defined in the rules of the respective sport discipline. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

a mistake that incurs penalty points. Faults include disobedience, knocking down an obstacle, the horse's hooves touching water in a water jump, and a fall by rider or horse (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / tennis

when a serve fails to land the ball within the service box (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb fault

What does fault mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: faulted | faulting | faults

  1. put or pin the blame on

Alternative definition of the verb fault


  1. [transitive] To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.
  2. [intransitive, geology] To fracture.
  3. [intransitive] To commit a mistake or error.
  4. [intransitive, computing] To undergo a page fault.


  1. "Fault" a.k.a. "Kasoor" is a 2001 Bollywood suspense thriller film produced under Mukesh Bhatt's Vishesh Entertainment Ltd. and directed by Vikram Bhatt. It features Aftab Shivdasani in his second Bollywood appearance and Lisa Ray in her Bollywood debut. Ray's voice was dubbed by Divya Dutta. Aftab's voice was dubbed by Vikram Bhatt. The film also stars Apoorva Agnihotri, Irrfan Khan and Ashutosh Rana in supporting roles. It was released on 2 February 2001.
  2. "Fault" is a 2002 film written by Rob Lewbel and Edward L. Rubin and directed by Rob Lewbel.


"Fault" a.k.a. "FAULT!!" is a video game.

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  • released on (5 years ago)


  1. "Fault" is a musical album of Protozoan.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Fault" is a musical album of Mr. Spastic.
    • released on (4 years ago)


Who is Fault?

Fault a.k.a. Line 47 is a United States-based electronic music artist, credited with creating the independent electronic labels Sonicterror Records and Terminal Dusk Records.


  1. Fault: In an electric power system, a fault is any abnormal electric current. For example, a short circuit is a fault in which current bypasses the normal load. An open-circuit fault occurs if a circuit is interrupted by some failure. In three-phase systems, a fault may involve one or more phases and ground, or may occur only between phases. In a "ground fault" or "earth fault", charge flows into the earth. The prospective short circuit current of a fault can be calculated for power systems. In power systems, protective devices detect fault conditions and operate circuit breakers and other devices to limit the loss of service due to a failure.
  2. Fault: In document ISO/CD 10303-226, a fault is defined as an abnormal condition or defect at the component, equipment, or sub-system level which may lead to a failure.
  3. Fault, as a legal term, refers to legal blameworthiness and responsibility in each area of law. It refers to both the actus reus and the mental state of the defendant. The basic principle is that a defendant should be able to contemplate the harm that his actions may cause, and therefore should aim to avoid such actions. Different forms of liability employ different notions of fault, in some there is no need to prove fault.
    • also known as 过错
  4. Fault: The term fault is used in animal breed standards to describe an aspect of appearance or temperament that is considered detrimental to the breed type of the animal's breed. In dogs, faults have to do with the externally observable qualities of the dog such as appearance, movement, and temperament. Qualities separately tested such as tests for ability in specific work or sports, tests for genetic health, tests for general health or specific inherited disease, or any other specific tests for characteristics that cannot be directly observed are not described with the term fault. Minor faults may or may not have anything to do with the individual dog's ability to work or suitability as a pet.

Phrases with Fault

Phrases starting with the word Fault:

  1. fault line
  2. Fault gouge
  3. fault plane
  4. Fault scarp
  5. Fault trace

Phrases ending with the word Fault:

  1. at fault
  2. no-fault
  3. find fault
  4. foot fault
  5. Page fault
  6. to a fault
  7. Found Fault
  8. Active fault
  9. common fault
  10. denali fault
  11. double fault
  12. double-fault
  13. Locked Fault
  14. normal fault
  15. thrust fault

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fault

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Google previewFault-Diagnosis Systems (2005)

An Introduction from Fault Detection to Fault Tolerance by Rolf Isermann

Fault: "A fault is an unpermitted deviation of at least one characteristic property ( feature) of the system from the acceptable, usual, standard condition." Remarks: • a fault is a state within the system; • the unpermitted deviation is the difference ...

Google previewEarly Software Reliability Prediction (2013)

A Fuzzy Logic Approach by Ajeet Kumar Pandey, Neeraj Kumar Goyal

Fault is an incorrect step, process, or data definition in a computer program.

Alternatively, a fault is the defect in the program that, when executed under particular conditions, causes a failures. Also, fault is a developer-oriented concept and considered as a property of the program rather than a property of its execution or ...

Google previewMessage of the President of the U. S. transmitting the report of the Employers' liability and workmen's compensation commission ... (1912)

by United States. Employers' Liability and Workmen's Compensation Commission, George Sutherland

an injury inflicted without the employer's fault is a taking of property contrary to the fifth and to the fourteenth amendments...

Google previewCongressional Edition (1911)

an injury inflicted without the employer's fault is a taking ofproperty contrary to the fifth and to the fourteenth amendments...

Google previewUnited States Congressional Serial Set (1912)

an injury inflicted without the employer's fault is a taking of property contrary to the fifth and to the fourteenth amendments...

Google previewPhysical Principles of Sedimentary Basin Analysis (2010)

by Magnus Wangen

Faults A fault is a planar fracture where the two sides of the fracture have been displaced relative to each other.

the footwall and the hanging wall, where the block above the fault is the hanging wall, and the block below is the footwall.

Google previewSoftware Testing (2013)

A Craftsman's Approach, Third Edition by Paul C. Jorgensen

FaultA fault is the result of an error.

Google previewModel Checking Software (2012)

19th International SPIN Workshop, Oxford, UK, July 23-24, 2012. Proceedings by Alastair Donaldson, David Parker

When the master agent sends a signal to the Slave agent 2 via the synchronization channel g about whether the fault is a true fault or a hidden failure based fault, Slave agent 2 listens and moves from the location wait to the committed location ...

Google previewGeology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley (1997)

by Robert Phillip Sharp, Allen F. Glazner

The Hilton Creek fault is a significant component of the Sierra Nevada range-front fault system, as is indicated by the presence of an east-facing escarpment over 3,500 feet high at the mouth of McGee Creek. Geologists revere ...

Google previewGeological Survey Professional Paper (1976)

the Rinconada fault is the principal trace east of the Salinas River (southeast...

Google previewStructural Geology (1992)

by Robert J. Twiss, Eldridge M. Moores

CHAPTER A fault is a surface or narrow zone along which one side has moved relative to the other in a direction parallel to the surface or zone. Most faults are brittle shear fractures (Figure 4.1A) or zones of closely spaced shear fractures ...

Google previewL.S.A., List of C.F.R. Sections Affected (2004)

A fault is a tectonic structure along which differential slippage...

Google previewThe Acadian Orogeny (1993)

Recent Studies in New England, Maritime Canada, and the Autochthonous Foreland by David C. Roy, James William Skehan

Farther south, the Restigouche fault is a longitudinal fault that separates the Connecticut Valley-Gaspe synclinorium and the Aroostook-Perce anticlinorium. The Restigouche fault continues to the south in New Brunswick (St. Peter, 1977), ...

Google previewThe Lakeside Monthly (1873)

Fault is a heavy word. It includes generations in its pitiless entail. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disasters (2007)

Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies by Angus Macleod Gunn

Fort Tejon, California, earthquake January 9, 1857 Fort Tejon, about thirty miles south of Bakersfield California's most powerful earthquake ever struck Fort Tejon, a place near the San Andreas Fault The quake's epicenter was some distance ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

trouble, defect, fault, ~ coror defect, fault,~ хал trouble2. (~буруу) guilt, fault, ~ биш зан (~ биш зан гэнэт биш хуучин) typical, nothing out of the way, ~ буруугүй innocent, not ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Electrical Installation Work (2011)

by Brian Scaddan

the BS 3036 fusewould operate, inthe event ofa fault, within the maximum permitted timebut thechange tothe circuit breaker would result inashock risk condition. This situation couldbe overcome by using an RCBO. Adiabatic equation The ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (1997)

by Martin Weik

fault dominance: If x and v are ...

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Quotes about Fault

His only fault is that he has no fault. (Pliny the Younger)
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Scrabble value of F4A1U1L1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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