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flaw at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


flaw at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1325, "snowflake, spark of fire," from O.N. flaga "stone slab, flake" (see flagstone); sense of "defect, fault" first recorded 1586, first of character, later (1604) of material things; probably via notion of a "fragment" broken off. ///

flaw at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse flaga 'flat stone'; FLAG1]//
1 a mistake, mark, or weakness that makes something imperfect: defect// flaw in// --a flaw in the software// serious/major/basic/minor etc flaw // --a slight flaw in the glass// --A design flaw (=a mistake or weakness in the way something was made) caused the engine to explode.//
2 a mistake or problem in an argument, plan, set of ideas etc: flaw of// --Beautiful scenery does not make up for the flaws of this film.// flaw in// --There is a fundamental flaw in Walton's argument.// fatal flaw (=a weakness that makes something certain to fail) //
3 a fault in someone's character: --Jealousy is Othello's major flaw.// --the former President's character flaws//

flaw at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

217 Moby Thesaurus words for "flaw":
aberrancy, aberration, abysm, abyss, arroyo, bad habit,
besetting sin, birthmark, black mark, blackhead, blast, bleb,
blemish, blister, blot, blow, box canyon, breach, break, bug,
bulla, canyon, catch, cavity, chap, chasm, check, chimney, chink,
chip, cicatrix, cicatrize, cleavage, cleft, cleuch, clough, col,
comedo, coulee, couloir, crack, cranny, crater, craze, crevasse,
crevice, cut, cwm, damage, deface, defacement, defect, defection,
defectiveness, deficiency, defile, deform, deformation, deformity,
dell, delusion, deviancy, dike, discredit, disfiguration,
disfigure, disfigurement, distort, distortion, ditch, donga, draw,
drawback, errancy, erroneousness, error, excavation, failing,
failure, fallaciousness, fallacy, falseness, falsity, fault,
faultiness, faute, fissure, flawedness, flume, flurry, foible,
fracture, frailty, freckle, furrow, gap, gape, gash, gorge, groove,
gulch, gulf, gully, gust, hamartia, harm, hemangioma, heresy,
heterodoxy, hickey, hole, hurt, illusion, imperfection, inadequacy,
incision, infirmity, joint, keloid, kink, kloof, leak, lentigo,
little problem, loophole, mar, mark, milium, misapplication,
misconstruction, misdoing, misfeasance, misinterpretation,
misjudgment, mistake, moat, mole, moral flaw, needle scar, nevus,
notch, nullah, opening, pass, passage, peccancy, perforation,
perversion, pimple, pit, pock, pockmark, port-wine mark,
port-wine stain, problem, puncture, pustule, ravine, rent, rift,
rime, rip, ruin, rupture, scab, scar, scarify, scissure, scratch,
scud, seam, sebaceous cyst, self-contradiction, shortcoming, sin,
sinfulness, slit, slot, snag, something missing, split, spoil,
stain, stigmatize, strawberry mark, sty, taint, tear, track,
trench, twist, unorthodoxy, untrueness, untruth, untruthfulness,
valley, verruca, vesicle, vice, void, vulnerable place, wadi, wale,
warp, wart, weak link, weak point, weak side, weaken, weakness,
weal, welt, wen, whitehead, wind gust, wrong, wrongness

flaw at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Discontinuity): discontinuity, disjunction, interruption, break, fracture, flaw, fault, crack, cut, gap, interval, caesura, broken thread, parenthesis, episode, rhapsody, patchwork, intermission, alternation, periodicity.

[N] (Interval): interval, separation, break, gap, opening, hole, chasm, hiatus, caesura, interruption, interregnum, interstice, lacuna, cleft, mesh, crevice, chink, slit, slot, crevasse, fissure, rift, flaw, breach, rent, gash, cut, leak.

[N] (Error): error, fallacy, misconception, misapprehension, misunderstanding, inexactness, laxity, misconstruction, misinterpretation, miscomputation, misjudgment, non sequitur, misstatement, mistake, miss, fault, blunder, oversight, misprint, erratum, corrigendum, slip, flaw.

[N] (Imperfection): imperfection, deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency, fault, defect, weak point, flaw, break, gap, mediocrity.

[N] (Blemish): blemish, disfigurement, deformity, flaw, defect, imperfection, injury, deterioration, eyesore, stain, blot, spot, spottiness, speck, speckle, tarnish, smudge, freckle, mole, macula, blotch, scar.

[N] (Guilt): guilt, guiltiness, culpability, criminality, improbity, sinfulness, vice, misconduct, misbehavior, misdoing, misdeed, malpractice, fault, sin, error, transgression, dereliction, delinquency, indiscretion, lapse, peccadillo, flaw, blot, failing, failure.

flaw at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 ~ (in sth) a mistake in sth that means that it is not correct or does not work correctly:
The argument is full of fundamental flaws. * The report reveals fatal flaws in security at the airport. * There is still a basic flaw in your selection procedure.
2 ~ (in sth) a crack or fault in sth that makes it less attractive or valuable:
The vase is in excellent condition except for a few small flaws in its base.
3 ~ (in sb/sth) a weakness in sb's character:
There is always a flaw in the character of a tragic hero.

Flaw at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Flaw \Flaw\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flawed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To crack; to make flaws in.

The brazen caldrons with the frosts are flawed.

2. To break; to violate; to make of no effect. [Obs.]

France hath flawed the league. --Shak.

Flaw \Flaw\, n. [OE. flai, flaw flake; cf. Sw. flaga flaw,
crack, breach, flake, D. vlaag gust of wind, Norw. flage,
flaag, and E. flag a flat stone.]
1. A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of
continuity or cohesion; as, a flaw in a knife or a vase.

This heart Shall break into a hundered thousand
flaws. --Shak.

2. A defect; a fault; as, a flaw in reputation; a flaw in a
will, in a deed, or in a statute.

Has not this also its flaws and its dark side?

3. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a
quarrel. [Obs.]

And deluges of armies from the town Came pouring in;
I heard the mighty flaw. --Dryden.

4. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.

Snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw. --Milton.

Like flaws in summer laying lusty corn. --Tennyson.

Syn: Blemish; fault; imperfection; spot; speck.

flaw at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 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:

flaw at English (WD) Of Explained:


Etymology 1


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈflɔː/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"flO:/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˈflɔ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"flO/
  • Inter: a » cot-caught Inter: IPA » /ˈflɑ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"flA/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-flaw.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɔː


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A crack or breach, a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion.
    1. : There is a flaw in that knife.
    2. : That vase has a flaw.
    3. A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
    4. A defect or error in a contract or other document which may make the document invalid.
    5. : There is a flaw in the will.
    6. : There is a flaw in the deed.
    7. : There is a flaw in the statute.
      * See also Category: Wikisaurus:defect -
      Derived terms
      * tragic flaw
      Inter: trans-top » crack or breach

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пукнатина|f|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|цепнатина|f|sc=Cyrl
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|virhe
  • French: défaut {{m}}, fissure {{f}},
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Fehler
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|fessura|f, Inter: t+ » it|cricca|f, Inter: t- » it|crepa|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|falha|f, Inter: t+ » pt|defeito|m
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|prasklina|f, Inter: t- » sk|škára|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|falla
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|çatlak, Inter: t+ » tr|çizik

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » defect, fault
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|արատ|tr=arat
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|недостатък|m|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|дефект|m|sc=Cyrl
    • Chinese: 瑕疵 (xiácī), 毛病 (máobìng)
    • Crimean Tatar: brak
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|vada
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|virhe, Inter: t+ » fi|vika
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|faille|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Makel|m, Inter: t+ » de|Fehler|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|difetto|m, Inter: t+ » it|errore|m
  • Polish: wada {{f}}
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|falha|f, Inter: t+ » pt|defeito|m, Inter: t+ » pt|erro|m
  • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|vada|f, Inter: t- » sk|závada|f, Inter: t- » sk|chyba|f
  • Slovene: napaka, pomanjkljivost,razpoka
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|imperfección, Inter: t- » es|desperfecto
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|hata, Inter: t+ » tr|kusur

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: transitiv » e To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
    1. Inter: intransitiv » e To become imperfect or defective.
      Inter: trans-top » to add a flaw to

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пуквам|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|разцепвам|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to become imperfect
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|повреждам се|sc=Cyrl

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 2


    * Inter: IPA » /ˈflɔː/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"flO:/
    • Inter: audio » en-us-flaw.ogg|Audio (US)
    • Inter: rhymes » ɔː


      Inter: en-nou » n

  • A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
    1. A storm of short duration.
    2. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.
      Inter: trans-top » burst of wind

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|шквал|m|sc=Cyrl
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bourrasque|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Windbö {{f}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Inter: trans-top » burst of noise
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|tumulte|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » Slovene: napaka, pomanjkljivost, spodrsljaj

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * WAFL

    Sranan Tongo


    Inter: head » srn|verb
  • To faint.

  • Translation: de » flaw
    Translation: et » flaw
    Translation: el » flaw
    Translation: eo » flaw
    Translation: eu » flaw
    Translation: fr » flaw
    Translation: ko » flaw
    Translation: io » flaw
    Translation: it » flaw
    Translation: kn » flaw
    Translation: ku » flaw
    Translation: hu » flaw
    Translation: mg » flaw
    Translation: ml » flaw
    Translation: my » flaw
    Translation: no » flaw
    Translation: pl » flaw
    Category: simple:flaw -
    Translation: fi » flaw
    Translation: sv » flaw
    Translation: ta » flaw
    Translation: te » flaw
    Translation: vi » flaw
    Translation: zh » flaw

    Related words:

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