- (Received Pronunciation):
- (General American), (cot–caught merger):
- Rhymes: -ɔːlt
- (finance) The condition of failing to meet an obligation.
- He failed to make payments on time, and he is now in default.
- You may cure this default by paying the full amount within a week.
- (finance) The condition of being an obligation that has not been met.
- The deadline has passed, so the debt is now in default.
- (electronics, computing) the original software programming settings as set by the factory
- A loss incurred by failing to compete.
- The team's three losses include one default.
- A selection made in the absence of an alternative.
- The man became the leader of the group as a default.
- 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian:
- One of the darlings of the early vegetarian movement (particularly in its even sadder form, the cutlet), it was on the menu at John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium [sic], and has since become the default Sunday option for vegetarians – and a default source of derision for everyone else.
- 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 6:
- Overall the signage at NIE has the appearance being a top-down artefact driven by institutional policy with English set as the default language.
- (often attributive) A value used when none has been given; a tentative value or standard that is presumed.
- If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.
- (law) The failure of a defendant to appear and answer a summons and complaint.
- (obsolete) A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires.
- This evil has happened through the governor's default.
- (obsolete) Lack; absence.
- 1820, [Charles Robert Maturin], Melmoth the Wanderer: A Tale. […], volume I, Edinburgh: […] Archibald Constable and Company, and Hurst, Robinson, and Co., […], OCLC 1202978654, page 156:
- one was dragging a great coat from the window, before which it had long hung as a blind, in total default of glass or shutters
- (obsolete) Fault; offence; wrong act.
- → Russian: дефо́лт (defólt)
(finance) condition of failing to meet an obligation
(electronics, computing) original settings
selection made in the absence of an alternative
value used when none has been given.
(law) failure of defendant to appear
- (intransitive) To fail to meet an obligation.
- (intransitive) To lose a competition by failing to compete.
- Synonym: forfeit
- If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.
- (transitive, intransitive, computing) To assume a value when none was given; to presume a tentative value or standard.
- If you don't specify a color, it defaults to red.
- 2002, Tony Martin, Dominic Selly, Visual Basic .NET at Work: Building 10 Enterprise Projects (page 346)
- It defaults your application to Windows authentication mode, and if you want to use forms mode, you can just change it in the authentication section of the file.
1.2 (finance) to fail to fulfill a financial obligation
computing: to assume a value when none was given; to presume a tentative value or standard
default m (plural defaults)
- (finance) default (condition of failing to meet an obligation)
- (computing) default (original settings)
- (computing) default (value used when none has been given)
default m (plural defaults)