There are 2 main definitions of flaw in English:

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flaw1

Syllabification: flaw
Pronunciation: /flô
 
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noun

1A mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object: plates with flaws in them were sold at the outlet store
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  • Scratches, marks, dents, stains, blemishes or flaws are worth money to you, because they mean price reductions!
  • Evaluate each garment and clearly mark stains, flaws or worn areas.
  • I sometimes use vintage fabrics, and these tend to have flaws: small marks, fading, tiny pinholes are all typical of vintage fabric.
1.1A fault or weakness in a person’s character: he had his flaws, but he was still a great teacher
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  • Experiencing depression after childbirth isn't a character flaw or a weakness.
  • Fitz is a character filled with flaws and faults, all just waiting for a fissure to weep and seep out of.
  • Doesn't this self-serving recklessness suggest a character flaw, a lack of seriousness, some failure of judgement?
1.2A mistake or shortcoming in a plan, theory, or legal document that causes it to fail or reduces its effectiveness: there were fundamental flaws in the case for reforming local government
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  • Leftists have been known to use literary theory to demonstrate flaws in science.
  • He demonstrates logical flaws in the theory and points out its fallacies.
  • Its trading business was launched in 1990, but big flaws in the business plan were already apparent to insiders by 1995.

verb

[with object] (usually be flawed) Back to top  
(Of an imperfection) mar, weaken, or invalidate (something): the computer game was flawed by poor programming
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  • It was meant as a rebuke but often resulted in flawing the final sculpture; it became too finished, too chaste, and, at times, icily dull.
  • Receiving a nod his crooked half smile appeared, flawing his elegant features.
  • There was no darkness flawing my skin, no dull shadow or slight imperfection to suggest anything had blemished its pale surface.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse flaga 'slab'; see flag2. The original sense was 'a flake of snow,' later, 'a fragment or splinter,' hence 'a defect or imperfection'(late 15th century).

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  • flag from (Late Middle English):

    The flag that means ‘a stone slab’ is recorded from medieval English, and may be one of the words given to us by the Vikings, making it a relative of flaw (Middle English) originally a snowflake, then a fragment, becoming a defect in the 15th century. The flag which is used as the emblem of a country has been with us since the mid 16th century, and is a different word. It is likely to represent the sound of something flapping in the wind, although it may also be connected with an obsolete word flag meaning ‘hanging down’. When we want to make clear our support for something we might say that we show the flag. Originally this was used of a naval vessel making an official visit to a foreign port. Flag meaning ‘become tired’ is probably related to the ‘emblem’ flag. It first meant ‘flap about loosely, hang down’. In June 1940, after Dunkirk and before the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill rallied the House of Commons with the words: ‘We shall not flag or fail…We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.’

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flaw2

Syllabification: flaw
Pronunciation: /flô
 
/

noun

literary
A squall of wind; a short storm.
Example sentences
  • High cirrus clouds form white streaks across its surface and a number of dark storms act as flaws and focus for the eye.

Origin

early 16th century.

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  • flag from (Late Middle English):

    The flag that means ‘a stone slab’ is recorded from medieval English, and may be one of the words given to us by the Vikings, making it a relative of flaw (Middle English) originally a snowflake, then a fragment, becoming a defect in the 15th century. The flag which is used as the emblem of a country has been with us since the mid 16th century, and is a different word. It is likely to represent the sound of something flapping in the wind, although it may also be connected with an obsolete word flag meaning ‘hanging down’. When we want to make clear our support for something we might say that we show the flag. Originally this was used of a naval vessel making an official visit to a foreign port. Flag meaning ‘become tired’ is probably related to the ‘emblem’ flag. It first meant ‘flap about loosely, hang down’. In June 1940, after Dunkirk and before the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill rallied the House of Commons with the words: ‘We shall not flag or fail…We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.’

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