- default [dē fôlt′, difôlt′]n.[ME < OFr defaute < VL * defallita, pp. of * defallere, to lack < L de-, away + fallere, to FAIL]1. failure to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif.,a) failure to pay money dueb) failure to appear in court to defend or prosecute a casec) failure to take part in or finish a contest2. Comput. a preset choice, setting, etc. for automatic use as by a program when no other is specified by a user: often used attributively [a default disk drive on a PC]3. Obs. a fault, lack, or wantvi.[ME defauten < OFr defauter]1. to fail to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif.,a) to fail to make payment when dueb) to fail to appear in court when requiredc) to fail to take part in or finish a contest2. to lose a contest by defaultvt.1. to fail to do, pay, finish, etc. (something) when required2. to lose (a contest, etc.) by default; forfeit——————in default ofin the absence of; through lack ofdefaultern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.