- failure to function properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.
- to fail to function properly.
Origin of malfunction
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Examples from the Web for malfunction
He might have kept shooting, but his rifle had what police term “a malfunction of some sort.”Newtown's Heartbreaking Final Report
December 28, 2013
The Israeli army said it had been targeting perpetrators of the rocket attack and a malfunction might have caused the mishap.Israel Is Losing
March 23, 2011
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
Naturally—it would have to follow its own solution, if there was no indication of malfunction.Way of a Rebel
Walter M. Miller
If it's just a malfunction in one of the units, I can dump another one down there.The Thirst Quenchers
Such conditions might cause the ignition system of a gasoline engine to malfunction.
- (intr) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function
- failure to function or defective functioning
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Word Origin and History for malfunction
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To fail to function.
- To function improperly.
- Failure to function.
- Faulty or abnormal functioning.
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