Last modified on 24 August 2014, at 22:42

flaw

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English flawe, flay (a flake of fire or snow, spark, splinter), probably from Old Norse flaga (a flag or slab of stone, flake), from Proto-Germanic *flagō (a layer of soil), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (broad, flat). Cognate with Icelandic flaga (flake), Swedish flaga (flake, scale), Danish flage (flake), Middle Low German vlage (a layer of soil), Old English flōh (a frament, piece).

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NounEdit

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.
    • Shakespeare
      This heart / Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws.
  4. A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
    • South
      Has not this also its flaws and its dark side?
  5. A defect or error in a contract or other document which may make the document invalid.
    a flaw in a will, in a deed, or in a statute
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VerbEdit

flaw (third-person singular simple present flaws, present participle flawing, simple past and past participle flawed)

  1. (transitive) To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
  2. (intransitive) To become imperfect or defective.
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Etymology 2Edit

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flaw (plural flaws)

  1. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
    • Milton
      Snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw.
    • Tennyson
      Like flaws in summer laying lusty corn.
  2. A storm of short duration.
  3. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.
    • Dryden
      And deluges of armies from the town / Came pouring in; I heard the mighty flaw.
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flaw

  1. To faint.