misfeed

verb
mis·​feed | \ ˌmis-ˈfēd How to pronounce misfeed (audio) \
misfed\ ˌmis-​ˈfed How to pronounce misfed (audio) \; misfeeding

Definition of misfeed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: to feed wrongly … pet owners who mishandle and misfeed the snakes …— Elizabeth Weise especially : to fail to properly feed (material, such as paper or ammunition) or to be fed through a machine or mechanism … printing problems caused many ballots to misfeed through the scanning machine. — Charles Tomlinson If it only misfeeds occasionally, it is probably an ammo problem … — Hammond Satterfield

misfeed

noun
mis·​feed | \ ˈmis-ˌfēd How to pronounce misfeed (audio) \
plural misfeeds

Definition of misfeed (Entry 2 of 2)

: a malfunction in which a material (such as paper or ammunition) fails to be fed properly through a mechanism … a high-speed commercial scanner designed to reduce paper jams and misfeeds.— Benjamin Jacobs Misfeeds may also be the result or improperly sized ammunition being loaded.— Robert E. Walker

First Known Use of misfeed

Verb

1877, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Misfeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfeed. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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