WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
de•fault /dɪˈfɔlt/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
  1. failure to act, esp. failure to pay one's debts:to face financial default.
  2. Sportfailure to appear for or complete a match:progressed into the finals because of his opponent's default.
  3. Computinga preset value that a computer system assumes or an action that it takes unless it is otherwise instructed:When you start your computer from the A drive, then that is the default for later disk operations.

  • [no obj] to fail to pay, perform a duty, etc.:The bank had defaulted on that loan.
  • Sport[Sports.]to fail to compete in (a contest); to lose by default: [no obj]:He defaulted and left the tournament.[ + obj]:He defaulted the match and left in disgust.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsin default of, for lack of; in the absence of:In default of a workable plan they decided to proceed on a day-to-day basis.

    de•fault•er, n. [countable]

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    default /dɪˈfɔːlt/ n
    1. a failure to act, esp a failure to meet a financial obligation or to appear in a court of law at a time specified
    2. absence or lack
    3. by defaultin the absence of opposition or a better alternative: he became prime minister by default
    4. in default ofthrough or in the lack or absence of
    5. judgment by defaulta judgment in the plaintiff's favour when the defendant fails to plead or to appear
    6. /(also) ˈdiːfɔːlt/ the preset selection of an option offered by a system, which will always be followed except when explicitly altered
    7. (as modifier): default setting
    1. (intr; often followed by on or in) to fail to make payment when due
    2. (intransitive) to fail to fulfil or perform an obligation, engagement, etc: to default in a sporting contest
    3. to lose (a case) by failure to appear in court
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French defaute, from defaillir to fail, from Vulgar Latin dēfallīre (unattested) to be lacking

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