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.
- Whether it be due to team turnover or wardrobe malfunction, one of the key components of almost any squad is uniformity of style with the NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleaders squad being the exception to that rule.
- 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.
- While some items can be purchased used at substantial discount, other investments should be new and fully protected under manufacturer warranty to protect against unforeseen repairs and malfunction.
- 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.