malfunction

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verb mal·func·tion \ˌmal-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\

Definition of malfunction

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to function imperfectly or badly :  fail to operate normally

malfunction

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Examples of malfunction in a Sentence

  1. A software problem is causing the system to malfunction.

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A malfunctioning switch might keep us from turning on a light. A malfunctioning heart valve might require replacement with an artificial valve, and if your immune system malfunctions it may start to attack healthy cells. And a malfunction in a voting machine could result in hundreds of votes being miscounted.

First Known Use of malfunction

1941


MALFUNCTION Defined for English Language Learners

malfunction

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Definition of malfunction for English Language Learners

  • : to fail to function or work properly


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malfunction

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intransitive verb mal·func·tion \(ˈ)mal-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\

Medical Definition of malfunction

  1. :  to function imperfectly or badly :  fail to operate in the normal or usual manner malfunctioning kidneys

malfunction

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