malfunction

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malfunction

[mal′fəŋk·shən]
(science and technology)
Failure to function normally.
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The first wheel malfunctioned in 2010 and the second in 2012 while the craft was finishing up its study of Vesta.
Initial reports showed that many VCMs had malfunctioned, mainly because of jammed papers and overheating, in the towns of Solsona, Vintar, Batac, Pasuquin and Sarrat in Ilocos Norte province.
Furthermore, because the evidence established that the tractor was not new or nearly new when it malfunctioned, the plaintiff was required to [but did not] present additional evidence to explain how the tractor could have had a defect in the electrical system when it left the defendant's manufacturing facilities yet function without problems for several years before failing in July, 2003.
JAL had discovered that one of the two instruments for regulating air pressure inside the plane malfunctioned before departure but decided the plane could sustain a flight with the other instrument, the officials said.
Eighteen of the 20 Funny Car competitors were forced to run in the right lane when the electronic timing device malfunctioned in the left lane.
Clare Barnes, 24, was killed when her parachute malfunctioned during a jump with her boyfriend near Melbourne, Australia.
In one actual case, a paraplegic woman was scalded to death in the shower when the water temperature controls malfunctioned.
Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank (DKB) said Monday its automated teller machine (ATM) network malfunctioned across Japan, temporarily preventing customers from withdrawing or depositing cash and conducting money transfers at ATMs.
These switching systems malfunctioned for up to a minute, making it impossible for some 200 subscribers to make calls, in cases where more than two subscribers of the ''Myline Plus'' service simultaneously dialed numbers in a mistaken procedure, NTT West officials said.
You're more likely to lose a match, or a gunfight, because your gun malfunctioned than because you were too slow in clearing it.