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.
Recent Examples of malfunction from the Web
If traffic lights are out or malfunctioning in the area, motorists should treat the intersections as four-way stops.
One of the SEALs was killed when his chute apparently malfunctioned.
U.S. Navy SEAL fell to his death Sunday after his parachute malfunctioned during a skydiving demonstration over the Hudson River during an annual Fleet Week festival in New Jersey, Navy officials said.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Francisco Lindor's glove, the gear that earned him all of the defensive hardware in the league's toolbox last winter, malfunctioned at the worst possible moment on Friday night.
The plane’s landing gear malfunctioned after takeoff.
At times, some officers’ weapons malfunctioned while others ran out of ammunition, according to the report.
Fortunately, their weapons malfunctioned, and no one was killed.
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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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