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. "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)

Synonyms: Blemish, fault, imoerfection, spot, speck.

Origin: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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