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malfunction

Definition of malfunction

Etymology

    From mal- ("bad, incorrect") + function

Pronunciation

  • (RP, US) IPA: /ˌmælˈfʌŋk.ʃən/, SAMPA: /%m{l"fVNk.S@n/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋkʃən

Noun

malfunction (plural malfunctions)

  1. Faulty functioning.
  2. Failure to function.

Verb

to malfunction (third-person singular simple present malfunctions, present participle malfunctioning, simple past and past participle malfunctioned)

  1. To function improperly

    She told him the machine was poorly built, but they both knew that she was the one who had malfunctioned.

  2. To fail to function

References:

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