• (British) IPA: /ˈflɔː/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈflɔ/
  • (cot-caught) IPA: /ˈflɑ/

flaw (plural flaws)

  1. (obsolete) A flake, fragment, or shiver.
  2. (obsolete) A thin cake, as of ice.
  3. 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.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      This heart / Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws.
  4. A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
    • Has not this also its flaws and its dark side?
    1. (in particular) An inclusion, stain, or other defect of a diamond or other gemstone.
  5. (legal) A defect or error in a contract or other document which may make the document invalid or ineffective.
    a flaw in a will, in a deed, or in a statute
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flaw (flaws, present participle flawing; past and past participle flawed)

  1. (transitive) To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
  2. (intransitive) To become imperfect or defective; to crack or break.
  • Russian: по́ртить
  • Russian: поврежда́ться
  • IPA: /ˈflɔː/

flaw (plural flaws)

  1. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      And snow and haile and stormie gust and flaw
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Marriage of Geraint
      Like flaws in summer laying lusty corn.
  2. A storm of short duration.
  3. A sudden burst of noise and disorder
    Synonyms: tumult, uproar, quarrel
    • And deluges of armies from the town / Came pouring in; I heard the mighty flaw.
  • French: bourrasque
  • German: Windbö
  • Russian: шквал

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