Definition of malfunction in English:


Syllabification: mal·func·tion
Pronunciation: /malˈfəNGkSHən


[no object]
  • (Of a piece of equipment or machinery) fail to function normally or satisfactorily: 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, go wrong, break down, fail, stop working, go down
    informal conk out, go kaput, blow up, act up


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  • A failure to function in a normal or satisfactory manner.
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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, bug
    informal glitch

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