Definition of malfunction in English:


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


[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

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