misalignment

noun

mis·​align·​ment ˌmis-ə-ˈlīn-mənt How to pronounce misalignment (audio)
plural misalignments
: the condition of being out of correct position or improperly adjusted : bad or incorrect alignment
Over time, because of damage and wear, typewriters develop faults and misalignments that render their typescript unique.Laney Salisbury et al.
… overuse injuries are all too often the consequence of poor technique or misalignment of body parts.Jane E. Brody

Examples of misalignment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scour corporate websites, social media posts, regulatory filings, memos to staff, and media interviews because activists may try to exploit any misalignment. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024 This small misalignment, called an obliquity, is around 23 degrees from vertical for Earth. Gongjie Li, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 Reid, whose first novel probed the sometimes sticky relationship between a nanny and a mother, masterfully captures the quiet misalignments that stem from a varying sense of what’s at stake. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2024 This misalignment was even more pronounced in specific actions taken to support DEI programs. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2024 The result too often was confusion or misalignment that would yield a big play. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2023 Our remote-first approach further mitigates risks of misalignment, optimizing resource distribution. Mykola Tymkiv, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Outsourcing can dilute the company's focus and lead to misalignment with its mission and values. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 There will also be more opportunities to examine the assembly up-close, and the choice of that steel exterior has led to serious problems with gaps and misalignments of panels — which lends an air of shoddiness. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misalignment was in 1870

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“Misalignment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misalignment. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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