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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
1925-1930
1925-30; mal- + function
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Examples for malfunction
  • The investigators acknowledge that they have no evidence pointing to a mechanical malfunction.
  • Officials say the explosion was caused by an electrical malfunction.
  • En route to the hangar, the shuttle's crawler-transporter had suffered a malfunction.
  • The sun may have cooked the batteries, causing them to malfunction.
  • Putting the earbuds up against a pacemaker or implanted defibrillator can cause it to malfunction.
  • The fire on board could have been either the result of a bomb or of some kind of engine malfunction.
  • Poor conductive water can make the whole body malfunction.
  • The company released a photograph of the stubby cylindrical rocket in flight before the malfunction.
  • The authors suggest that a malfunction of this gene in the placenta could be responsible for the disease.
  • However, for those who set a one-time alarm for this morning, some may have experienced the malfunction.
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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