fault fault  /ˈfɔlt/


  1. (n) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  2. (n) an imperfection in an object or machine
  3. (n) the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
  4. (n) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  5. (n) (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
  6. (n) responsibility for a bad situation or event
  7. (n) (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
  8. (v) put or pin the blame on

Derived Word(s)


  1. Her fault, because she assumed that the store would repair the transponder and aim it properly.
  2. No-fault divorce reflected our selfish determination to do what was convenient for adults, and it has been, on balance, a disaster.
  3. If another attack happens, it's Obama's fault.


  1. San Mateo County police reports

    Was it my fault? A person contacted police over an item in the local newspaper police blotter in Foster City before 7:08 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Arrest. A man was arrested on a felony assault warrant on Blythe Street before 11:31 p.m. Thursday, June 6.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: San Mateo Daily Journal

  2. Tom Cruise's Daughter Isabella Cruise Enjoys Low-Key Trip to Italy

    If your parents are Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, no one would fault you for traveling extravagantly, right? Well, for 20-year-old Isabella Cruise, a private jet is obviously not...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: E! Online

  3. Deputy at fault for running over woman on beach

    Officials say a Florida Panhandle deputy was at fault when he ran over a woman who was sleeping on the beach.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: NBC 2 Fort Myers


  1. Parnevik, 44, said: "I'm kind of filled with sorrow for Elin since me and my wife are at fault for hooking her up with him, and we probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably have to apologise to her and hope she uses a driver...
    on Dec 3, 2009 By: Jesper Parnevik Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  2. "This was almost in an area different from the other one," Peavy said of his earlier discomfort. "I don't think anybody made any bad choices here. ...... I don't think anybody is at fault here, myself for wanting to be out there, the team for...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Jake Peavy Source: Dayton Daily News

  3. "I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke," Letterman said. "It's not your fault that it was misunderstood. It's my fault that it was misunderstood."
    on Jun 16, 2009 By: David Letterman Source: ABC News

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