- 1A mark, blemish, or other imperfection which mars a substance or object: a flaw in the glassMore example sentences
- 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 teacherMore example sentences
- 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, etc. which causes it to fail or reduces its effectiveness: there were fundamental flaws in the case for reforming local governmentMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Mar, weaken, or invalidate (something): the computer game was flawed by poor programmingMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse flaga 'slab'. The original sense was 'a flake of snow', later, 'a fragment or splinter', hence 'a defect or imperfection' (late 15th century).
- A squall of wind; a short storm.More 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.
early 16th century: probably from Middle Dutch vlāghe, Middle Low German vlāge.