flaw (plural flaws)
- (obsolete) A flake, fragment, or shiver.
- (obsolete) A thin cake, as of ice.
- 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.
- A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
- Has not this also its flaws and its dark side?
- (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
- See also Thesaurus:defect
- French: défaut, fissure,
- German: Fehler
- Italian: fessura, cricca, crepa
- Portuguese: falha, defeito
- Russian: тре́щина
- Spanish: falla
- French: faille
- German: Makel, Fehler
- Italian: difetto, errore, imperfezione
- Portuguese: falha, defeito, erro
- Russian: изъя́н
- Spanish: imperfección, desperfecto, pega
flaw (flaws, present participle flawing; past and past participle flawed)
- (transitive) To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
- (intransitive) To become imperfect or defective; to crack or break.
- Russian: по́ртить
- Russian: поврежда́ться
- IPA: /ˈflɔː/
flaw (plural flaws)
- 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.
- A storm of short duration.
- 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
- French: tumulte