misalign

verb mis·align \ ˌmis-ə-ˈlīn \

Definition of misalign

misaligned; misaligning
transitive + intransitive
: to align badly or incorrectly
  • … the rear coach loosened an axle crossing a rough switch frog, misaligning the wheels so that they came off the track and bumped along the ties …
  • —Terry Pindell
  • Even minor movement can cause the cords in the wireless charger to misalign and the charging to stop.
  • —Rishabh Jain

misaligned

play \ˌmis-ə-ˈlīnd\ adjective
    • … the lack of stereopsis results from conflicting input reaching the brain from the two misaligned eyes …
    • —Susan R. Barry
    • Worn wheels, defective axles, … and misaligned rails, as well as human error, also cause derailments.
    • —Ralph Vartabedian

First Known Use of misalign

1908

in the meaning defined above

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