FLAW, noun [Gr. seems to be contracted .
1. A breach; a crack; a defect made by breaking or splitting; a gap or fissure; as a flaw in a scythe, knife or razor; a flaw in a china dish, or in a glass; a flaw in a wall.
2. A defect; a fault; any defect made by violence, or occasioned by neglect; as a flaw in reputation; a flaw in a will, or in a deed, or in a statute.
3. A sudden burst of wind; a sudden gust or blast of short duration; a word of common use among seamen. [This proves the primary sense to be, to burst or rush.]
4. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar.
And deluges of armies from the town
Came pouring in; I heard the mighty flaw
[In this sense, the word is not used in the United States.]
5. A sudden commotion of mind. [Not used.]
FLAW, verb transitive
1. To break; to crack.
The brazen cauldrons with the frosts are flawed.
2. To break; to violate; as, to flaw a league. [Little used.]