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defect

Crystallog a local deviation from regularity in the crystal lattice of a solid

Defect

In lumber, an irregularity occurring in or on wood that will tend to impair its strength, durability, or utility value.

defect

[′dē‚fekt]
(science and technology)
An irregularity that spoils the appearance or impairs the usefulness or effectiveness of an object or a material by causing weakness or failure.

defect

In wood, a fault that may reduce its durability, usefulness, or strength.

defect

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North Korean defectors aged 18 years or over can apply for the programme.
The government-affiliated Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul, which conducts in-depth surveys and interviews of North Korean defectors, estimates that between 80,000 and 120,000 people are held in political camps.
AMMAN, Feb 3 (KUNA) -- Up to 318 Syrian refugees, including 32 military defectors, crossed the border to Jordan yesterday and were transferred to Al-Rajhi Camp north-east of the Kingdom, Jordanian newspaper "Al-Ghad" announced here on Sunday.
They were identified as North Korean defectors, according to their documents, and they were allowed to land in Japan Wednesday, Kyodo reported.
He preferred to describe them as refusing to return home, rather than as defectors.
But in South Korea critics have focused on Beijing's treatment of defectors who try to escape their lives of hardship in the North.
The Post said: "The CIA effort on defectors reflects the urgency with which the US government has sought to slow down Iran's nuclear advances.
Leaving the Fold: Apostates and Defectors in Antiquity.
Following a brief consideration of the support system, the article proceeds to catalogue some of the social problems created by the growing number of defectors and reviews the manifold difficulties they encounter in the new environment.
Their safe arrival follows the high-profile repatriation from Laos to North Korea on May 27 of seven teenage defectors.
The report, from a news website run by North Korean defectors, said that senior officials were given the book as a gift in January.