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malfunction

[mal-fuhngk-shuh n] /mælˈfʌŋk ʃən/
noun
1.
failure to function properly:
a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.
verb (used without object)
2.
to fail to function properly.
Origin of malfunction
1925-1930
1925-30; mal- + function
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  • There was some malfunction, but—we like to say that he simply gave up.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • The malfunction was definitely in the auxiliary motor setup, he thought.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • If it's just a malfunction in one of the units, I can dump another one down there.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • Naturally—it would have to follow its own solution, if there was no indication of malfunction.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • Such conditions might cause the ignition system of a gasoline engine to malfunction.

  • But this one has to have a clip in order not to malfunction?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • It sounds as though he was a willing worker, but I still can't see why his malfunction makes our marriage impossible.

    Droozle Frank Banta
British Dictionary definitions for malfunction

malfunction

/mælˈfʌŋkʃən/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function
noun
2.
failure to function or defective functioning
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Word Origin and History for malfunction
n.

1827, from mal- "bad, badly, wrong" + function. As a verb, by 1888. Related: Malfunctioned; malfunctioning.

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malfunction in Medicine

malfunction mal·func·tion (māl-fŭngk'shən)
v. mal·func·tioned, mal·func·tion·ing, mal·func·tions

  1. To fail to function.

  2. To function improperly.

n.
  1. Failure to function.

  2. Faulty or abnormal functioning.

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