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Meaning of FLAW

Pronunciation:  flo

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

FLAW is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: blemish, defect, fault
 See Also: bug, damage, failing, glitch, hamartia, hole, imperfection, imperfectness, tragic flaw, weakness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
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