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malfunction

mal·func·tion

malfunction

 
 
pronunciation:
mael fuhngk shn
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act or an instance of malfunctioning.
The malfunction of the lighting system caused a delay in the performance.
similar words:
failure, fatigue, miscarriage
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: malfunctioned, malfunctioning, malfunctions
definition 1: to fail to operate or function.
Many soldiers died when their parachutes malfunctioned.
similar words:
act up
definition 2: to function or operate poorly.
The lawnmower has been malfunctioning recently, and I need to have somebody take a look at it.
similar words:
act up
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