- 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 malfunctioning
Obamacare is a fact— a malfunctioning fact, like so much of the rest of the American healthcare system, yet a fact all the same.Why It’s Time To Start Talking About Reforming, Not Repealing, Obamacare
November 17, 2013
For example, research has shown that most carbon-monoxide alarm incidents are triggered by a malfunctioning furnace.How to Hack the Perfect Home
November 15, 2013
I can, on my own, determine which malfunctioning systems are OK to fly with, and which are not?Think American Airlines Is Rotten? You Have No Idea How Good You Have It
October 11, 2012
It happens every election: mysterious fliers, robocalls, malfunctioning machines that deny blacks the right to vote.Michael Tomasky on How the GOP Plans to Block the Black Vote
August 13, 2012
Pain produced by a malfunctioning nerve can be extremely severe.We're Still Stuck With Predatory Insurance Companies
March 28, 2012
- (intr) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function
- failure to function or defective functioning
Word Origin and History for malfunctioning
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To fail to function.
- To function improperly.
- Failure to function.
- Faulty or abnormal functioning.
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