WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
de•fault /dɪˈfɔlt/USA pronunciation
failure to act, esp. failure to pay one's debts:to face financial default.
Sportfailure to appear for or complete a match:progressed into the finals because of his opponent's default.
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.
de•fault•er, n. [countable]
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.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
default /dɪˈfɔːlt/ n
- a failure to act, esp a failure to meet a financial obligation or to appear in a court of law at a time specified
- absence or lack
- by default ⇒ in the absence of opposition or a better alternative: he became prime minister by default
- in default of ⇒ through or in the lack or absence of
- judgment by default ⇒ a judgment in the plaintiff's favour when the defendant fails to plead or to appear
- /(also) ˈdiːfɔːlt/ the preset selection of an option offered by a system, which will always be followed except when explicitly altered
- (as modifier): default setting
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French defaute, from defaillir to fail, from Vulgar Latin dēfallīre (unattested) to be lacking
- (intr; often followed by on or in) to fail to make payment when due
- (intransitive) to fail to fulfil or perform an obligation, engagement, etc: to default in a sporting contest
- to lose (a case) by failure to appear in court
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