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Default De*fault", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Defaulted}; p. pr. &

  vb. n. {Defaulting}.]
  1. To fail in duty; to offend.
           That he gainst courtesy so foully did default.
  2. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
  3. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.

1: loss due to not showing up; "he lost the game by default"
    2: act of failing to meet a financial obligation [syn: {nonpayment},
    3: loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid [syn: {nonpayment},
        {nonremittal}] [ant: {payment}]

and in computer terms:

    4: an option that is selected automatically unless an
       alternative is specified [syn: {default option}]