A major catastrophe that can be traced back to a small error. The lack of a basic part or a small object can lead from one unwanted consequence to another larger one to yet another one, as in a stack of falling dominos. The full proverb is “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
noun. Definition of want (Entry 2 of 2) 1 a : deficiency, lack suffers from a want of good sense. b : grave and extreme poverty that deprives one of the necessities of life. 2 : something wanted : need, desire. 3 : personal defect : fault.
Definition of it is not for lack/want of trying. —used to say that someone's lack of success is not due to a failure to try to succeed He still hasn't found a job, but it is not for lack/want of trying.
verb (used with object) to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new. to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire (often followed by an infinitive): I want to see you. She wants to be notified. to be without or be deficient in: to want judgment; to want knowledge.
Meaning "thing desired, that which is lacking but needed" is from 1560s. Phrase for want of is recorded from c. 1400. Newspaper want ad is recorded from 1897. Middle English had wantsum (c. 1200) "in want, deprived of," literally "want-some."
want definition: 1. to wish for a particular thing or plan of action. "Want" is not used in polite requests: 2. to…. Learn more.
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”. ― Benjamin Franklin. tags: butterfly-effect , poor-richard-s-almanac. Read more quotes from Benjamin Franklin.
The verb want, usually colloquial in use, suggests a feeling of lack or need that imperatively demands fulfillment: People all over the world want peace. Wish implies the feeling of an impulse toward attainment or possession of something; the strength of the feeling may be of greater or lesser intensity: I wish I could go home .