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malfunction Line breaks: mal|func¦tion
Pronunciation: /malˈfʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/

Definition of malfunction in English:


[no object]
(Of a piece of equipment or machinery) fail to function normally: the unit is clearly malfunctioning
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  • She also has a history of electronic equipment malfunctioning in her presence.
  • Only if the machine malfunctions should there be these manual counts.
  • That progress ended when the pump malfunctioned.
crash, develop a fault, go wrong, break down, break, act up, be defective, be faulty, fail, cease to function/work, stop working
informal conk out, go kaput, fall over
British informal play up, pack up


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A failure to function normally: a computer malfunction [mass noun]: they were sent back to the manufacturers at the first sign of malfunction
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  • I've got a couple of equipment malfunctions which I'm struggling with.
  • Equipment malfunctions may result from poor design, incomplete qualification, or calibration or maintenance issues.
  • There were no malfunctions of any kind with any of the ball or duty loads.
crash, breakdown, fault, failure, defect, flaw, collapse, impairment
informal glitch

Words that rhyme with malfunction

compunction, conjunction, dysfunction, expunction, function, junction, multifunction, unction
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