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1 an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer" [syn: defect, fault]
2 defect or weakness in a person's character; "he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless" v : add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective [syn: blemish]

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Etymology 1


  • /flɔː/, /flO:/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː


  1. A crack or breach, a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion.
    There is a flaw in that knife.
    That vase has a flaw.
  2. A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden,
  3. A defect or error in a contract or other document which may make the document invalid.
    There is a flaw in the will.
    There is a flaw in the deed.
    There is a flaw in the statute.
* French: défaut , fissure ,


  1. To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
  2. To become imperfect or defective.
Translations to be checked

Etymology 2


  • /flɔː/, /flO:/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː


  1. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
  2. A storm of short duration.
  3. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.
* French: bourrasque

Extensive Definition

A flaw is a defect, fault, or imperfection.
Flaw may also refer to:

See also

flaw in German: Fehler

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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