1. A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion; as, a flaw in a knife or a vase.
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.
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.
n 1: an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any
defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
[syn: defect, fault]
2: defect or weakness in a person's character; "he had his
flaws, but he was great nonetheless"
v : add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective [syn: