Fr.: par défaut
Because of a lack of opposition or alternative.
1) Failure to act; inaction or neglect; failure to meet financial obligations.
M.E. defau(l)te, O.Fr. defaute "fault, defect, failure," from V.L. *defallita "a deficiency or failure," p.p. of *defallere, from L. → de- "away" + fallere "to deceive, to cheat; to put wrong, to lead astray."
Geology: A fracture in the Earth's crust along which the adjacent rock surfaces have been displaced relative to each other. Movement along the fault can cause → earthquakes or, in the process of mountain-building, can release underlying → magma and permit it to rise to the surface as a volcanic eruption.
M.E. faute "deficiency," from O.Fr. faute "opening, gap; failure, flaw; lack," from V.L. *fallita "a shortcoming, falling," from L. falsus "deceptive, feigned, spurious," p.p. of fallere "to deceive, be wrong."
Gosalé, noun from gosalidan "to break; to snap asunder," ultimately from Proto-Iranian *uisar-, from *ui- "apart" + *sar- "to break;" cf. Av. sairi- "fragment," asarəta- "not broken;" Skt. sar- "to break, tear apart," śūrtá- "smashed," aśīrtá- "unharmed;" Gk. keraizo "to tear, destroy," akeraios "unharmed;" PIE base *ker- "to hurt, harm."
Fr.: surface de faille
Geology: The surface of a fracture along which dislocation of adjacent rocks has taken place.
Fr.: formation de failles
The geological process leading to the formation of → faults.
Verbal noun, → fault.