misalign

verb
mis·​align | \ ˌmis-ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce misalign (audio) \
misaligned; misaligning

Definition of misalign

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

Other Words from misalign

misaligned \ ˌmis-​ə-​ˈlīnd How to pronounce misalign (audio) \ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About misalign

Time Traveler for misalign

Time Traveler

The first known use of misalign was in 1908

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near misalign

misaim

misalign

misalignment

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for misalign

Cite this Entry

“Misalign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misalign. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on misalign

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for misalign

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!