malfunctioning malfunctioning  /mæl ˈfəŋkʃə nɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) not performing or able to perform its regular function

Usage(s):

  1. First, surgeons drill a pair of dime-size holes in the skull and thread fine wires down to whatever area of the brain is misfiring or otherwise malfunctioning.
  2. This was a warning and an urgent one: the electrical bomb-locking system was malfunctioning, and in the bomb bay lay an unarmed nuclear bomb.
  3. Trying to clear the Snake River Canyon in Idaho in 1974, he was blown into the chasm when a malfunctioning parachute deployed.

News

  1. Investigators probing power supply unit after explosion at Atlanta airport concourse

    ATLANTA — Officials at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport say a small explosion and power outage was likely caused by a malfunctioning power supply unit.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. 901-528-CASH under repair

    The main CrimeStoppers phone line at 901-528-CASH (2274) began malfunctioning late this past weekend. Technicians have been working diligently over the past two days to restore service. Additional notifications
    on June 12, 2013     Source: FOX 13 Memphis

  3. Atlanta airport explosion linked to power unit

    ATLANTA (AP) — Officials at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport say a small explosion and power outage was likely caused by a malfunctioning power supply unit.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "We are focussing the investigation on the malfunctioning radio altimeter and its consequences. Whether there could have been a different reaction will take more time to find out," Van Vollenhoven said.
    on Mar 4, 2009 By: Pieter van Vollenhoven Source: The Gazette (Montreal)

  2. "We should revert to ballot papers unless the Election Commission is able to ensure that Electronic Voting Machines are foolproof and every possibility of their malfunctioning is taken care of," Advani told a newspaper in an interview on Saturday.
    on Jul 4, 2009 By: LK Advani Source: Zee News

  3. "We are now in the midst of an epochal debate over the value of content and it is clear to many newspapers that the current model is malfunctioning," said Murdoch. "The current days of the internet will soon be over."
    on Jun 10, 2009 By: Rupert Murdoch Source: C21Media

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