Definition of malfunction
: to function imperfectly or badly : fail to operate normally
Examples of malfunction in a sentence
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
MALFUNCTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malfunction for English Language Learners
: to fail to function or work properly
Medical Definition of malfunction
: to function imperfectly or badly : fail to operate in the normal or usual manner <malfunctioning kidneys>
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