Origin of malfunctionmal- + function
This computer is experiencing a serious malfunction.
- The definition of a malfunction is something that does not work properly.
An example of a malfunction is a broken piece of equipment in a stereo system.
- Malfunction is defined as to not work properly.
An example of malfunction is for a computer to stop working.
intransitive verbmal·func·tioned, mal·func·tion·ing, mal·func·tions
(third-person singular simple present malfunctions, present participle malfunctioning, simple past and past participle malfunctioned)
From mal- (“bad, incorrect") + function
- The pejorative connotation of an optical illusion is a visual malfunction.
- In 2004, Jackson found herself in the center of a storm of controversy when a "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl halftime show ended with her bare breast being exposed on live television.
- According to the Spina Bifida Association of America, nearly 40 percent of shunts malfunction and may need to be replaced within one year, 60 percent will require revision within five years, and 80 to 90 percent within ten years.
- Regardless of the specific cause of DIC, the results are a malfunction of thrombin (an enzyme) and prothrombin (a glycoprotein), which activate the fibrinolytic system, releasing clotting factors in the blood.
- Of course, there's the purely skeptical view that says the experience is nothing more than a sleep disorder or a malfunction of the normal circadian rhythm (body's natural 24-hour cycle).