(noun, verb)


1. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

- I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults

Similar word(s): error, mistake

Definition categories: act, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement

2. an imperfection in an object or machine

Similar word(s): defect, flaw

Definition categories: state, imperfection, imperfectness

3. the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection

- he knew his own faults much better than she did

Similar word(s): demerit

Definition categories: attribute, worth

4. (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

- he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Similar word(s): break, faulting, fracture, shift

Definition categories: object, cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure

5. (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)

- it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it

Definition categories: event, breakdown

6. responsibility for a bad situation or event

- it was John's fault

Definition categories: attribute, responsibility, responsibleness

7. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

- he served too many double faults

Definition categories: act, serve, service

Sentences with fault as a noun:

- No!. This is my fault, not yours

- For all her faults, she's a good person at heart.

- The fault lies with you.


1. put or pin the blame on

Similar word(s): blame

Definition categories: communication, accuse, charge