malfunction malfunction  /mæl ˈfəŋk ʃən/


  1. (n) a failure to function normally
  2. (v) fail to function or function improperly


  1. Problems arise, according to Barral, when a trauma or malfunction puts the mechanism out of alignment.
  2. Ling Ling died overnight of heart failure and kidney malfunction.
  3. What they all have in common is a malfunction of the mitochondria--tiny substructures, or organelles, found inside every cell in the body.


  1. Fuel malfunction delays some Portland flights

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A malfunction in the underground fueling system at Portland International Airport delayed some flights Friday morning.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KTVZ Bend

  2. Electrical malfunction causes Glendale house fire

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A fire at a home in Glendale Wednesday morning was caused by an electrical malfunction, according to investigators. The home near Missouri and 73rd avenues was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The fire had spread into the attic. No one was inside the home when the fire started at about 6:30 a.m. Investigators with the Glendale Fire Department said the fire ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KTVK 3TV Phoenix

  3. Iran Denies Malfunction at Nuclear Power Plant

    Iran denies any malfunction at Russian-built nuclear power plant        
    on June 11, 2013     Source: ABC News


  1. "This is a nonbinding, irrelevant resolution proving what? Nothing," Lott said. "Maybe we should be considering a vote of no confidence on the Senate or on the Congress for malfunction and an inability to produce anything."
    on Jun 10, 2007 By: Trent Lott Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. What the company has called a glitch, Schumer said was "more about moneymaking than malfunction."
    on Feb 24, 2009 By: Charles Schumer Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl," Timberlake said in a statement. "It was not intentional and is regrettable."
    on Feb 1, 2004 By: Justin Timberlake Source: USA Today

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