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flaw1

[flaw] /flɔ/
noun
1.
a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault:
beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
2.
a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
3.
a crack, break, breach, or rent.
verb (used with object)
4.
to produce a flaw in.
verb (used without object)
5.
to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
Origin of flaw1
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English flaw(e), flage, perhaps < Old Norse flaga sliver, flake
Related forms
flawless, adjective
Synonyms
1. imperfection, blot, spot. See defect. 3. fissure, rift.

flaw2

[flaw] /flɔ/
noun
1.
Also called windflaw. a sudden, usually brief windstorm or gust of wind.
2.
a short spell of rough weather.
3.
Obsolete. a burst of feeling, fury, etc.
Origin
1475-85; < Old Norse flaga attack, squall
Related forms
flawy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for flaw
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  • He was willing to make the most of any flaw in the aliens' character.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • The Inspector seized on the one flaw left him for defense against her indictment.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • However, a Christian is never so perfect himself, as not to look over a flaw in his neighbour.

  • The most carping could have found no flaw in the quiet taste of his attire.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • If perfection be held to consist in the absence of flaw, the hermit's is unquestionably the more nearly perfect song of the two.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
British Dictionary definitions for flaw

flaw1

/flɔː/
noun
1.
an imperfection, defect, or blemish
2.
a crack, breach, or rift
3.
(law) an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
verb
4.
to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
Derived Forms
flawless, adjective
flawlessly, adverb
flawlessness, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old Norse flaga stone slab; related to Swedish flaga chip, flake, flaw

flaw2

/flɔː/
noun
1.
  1. a sudden short gust of wind; squall
  2. a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
2.
(obsolete) an outburst of strong feeling
Derived Forms
flawy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian flaga squall, gust, Middle Dutch vlāghe
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Word Origin and History for flaw
n.

early 14c., "a flake" (of snow), also in Middle English "a spark of fire; a splinter," from Old Norse flaga "stone slab, flake" (see flagstone); sense of "defect, fault" first recorded 1580s, first of character, later (c.1600) of material things; probably via notion of a "fragment" broken off.

v.

early 15c. (implied in flawed); see flaw (n.). Related: Flawing.

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