malfunction

[ mal-fuhngk-shuh n ]
/ mælˈfʌŋk ʃən /

noun

failure to function properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.

verb (used without object)

to fail to function properly.

Nearby words

  1. malevolent,
  2. malevolently,
  3. malfeasance,
  4. malformation,
  5. malformed,
  6. malgaigne's luxation,
  7. malgré lui,
  8. malherbe,
  9. malherbe's calcifying epithelioma,
  10. malherbe, françois de

Origin of malfunction

First recorded in 1925–30; mal- + function

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British Dictionary definitions for malfunction

malfunction

/ (mælˈfʌŋkʃən) /

verb

(intr) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function

noun

failure to function or defective functioning
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Word Origin and History for malfunction

malfunction

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for malfunction

malfunction

[ măl-fŭngkshən ]

v.

To fail to function.
To function improperly.

n.

Failure to function.
Faulty or abnormal functioning.

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