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Definitions and Synonyms of malfunction | Another word for malfunction | What is malfunction?

Definition 1: a failure to function normally - [noun denoting event]

(malfunction is a kind of ...) an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

"the surprise party was a complete failure"

(... is a kind of malfunction ) a sudden malfunction of a part or apparatus

"the right front tire had a blowout" "as a result of the blowout we lost all the lights"

(... is a kind of malfunction ) a malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge

"the plane went into a stall and I couldn't control it"

Definition 2: fail to function or function improperly - [verb of contact]

Samples where malfunction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the coffee maker malfunctioned

Synonyms for malfunction in the sense of this definition

(malfunction is a kind of ...) stop operating or functioning

"The engine finally went" "The car died on the road" "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town" "The coffee maker broke" "The engine failed on the way to town" "her eyesight went after the accident"

(... is a kind of malfunction ) get stuck and immobilized

"the mechanism jammed"

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