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mal fuhngk shuhn

  • n  a failure to function normally
  • v  fail to function or function improperly
    the coffee maker malfunctioned

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

  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - KTVZ Bend
  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - KTVK 3TV Phoenix
  • Iran Denies Malfunction at Nuclear Power Plant
    Iran denies any malfunction at Russian-built nuclear power plant        
    June 11, 2013 - ABC News

  • Trent Lott in International Herald Tribune
    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."
  • Charles Schumer in International Herald Tribune
    What the company has called a glitch, Schumer said was "more about moneymaking than malfunction."
  • Justin Timberlake in USA Today
    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."

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