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flaw


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flaw  \Flaw\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Flawed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Flawing}.] 
  1.  To  crack;  to  make  flaws  in 
 
  The  brazen  caldrons  with  the  frosts  are  flawed. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  break;  to  violate;  to  make  of  no  effect.  [Obs.] 
 
  France  hath  flawed  the  league.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flaw  \Flaw\,  n.  [OE.  flai,  flaw  flake;  cf  Sw  flaga  flaw, 
  crack,  breach,  flake,  D.  vlaag  gust  of  wind,  Norw.  flage, 
  flaag,  and  E.  flag  a  flat  stone.] 
  1.  A  crack  or  breach;  a  gap  or  fissure;  a  defect  of 
  continuity  or  cohesion;  as  a  flaw  in  a  knife  or  a  vase. 
 
  This  heart  Shall  break  into  a  hundered  thousand 
  flaws.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  defect;  a  fault;  as  a  flaw  in  reputation;  a  flaw  in  a 
  will  in  a  deed,  or  in  a  statute. 
 
  Has  not  this  also  its  flaws  and  its  dark  side? 
  --South. 
 
  3.  A  sudden  burst  of  noise  and  disorder;  a  tumult;  uproar;  a 
  quarrel.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  deluges  of  armies  from  the  town  Came  pouring  in 
  I  heard  the  mighty  flaw.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  A  sudden  burst  or  gust  of  wind  of  short  duration. 
 
  Snow,  and  hail,  and  stormy  gust  and  flaw.  --Milton. 
 
  Like  flaws  in  summer  laying  lusty  corn.  --Tennyson. 
 
  Syn:  Blemish;  fault;  imperfection;  spot;  speck. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flaw 
  n  :  an  imperfection  in  a  device  or  machine;  "if  there  are  any 
  defects  you  should  send  it  back  to  the  manufacturer" 
  [syn:  {defect},  {fault}] 
  v  :  add  a  flaw  or  blemish  to  make  imperfect  or  defective  [syn: 
  {blemish}] 




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