misalign

verb

mis·​align ˌmis-ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce misalign (audio)
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 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

Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misalign was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Misalign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misalign. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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