Two code breakers at the National Security Agency, rumored to be gay lovers, had defected to the Soviets.
To win in 1960, the Democrats needed to regain Texas, once a solid-South state that had defected to Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.
Last week, his former second in command Abd el Salam Jalloud defected as well.
early 15c., from Middle French defect and directly from Latin defectus "failure, revolt, falling away," noun use of past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see deficient).
1570s, from Latin defectus, past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see defect (n.)). Related: Defected; defecting.
defect de·fect (dē'fěkt', dĭ-fěkt')
A lack of or abnormality in something necessary for normal functioning; a deficiency or imperfection.