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malfunction

[mal′fəŋk·shən]
(science and technology)
Failure to function normally.
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The system for monitoring signs of malfunction is designed to automatically detect unusual behaviors without the need for expertise and complicated settings, based on large amounts of information collected from facility sensors.
The system might malfunction after the last patient specimen of the month but before the QC specimen next month.
The use of the term "septic-system malfunction rate," or sometimes "failure rate," has been inconsistent in the industry and has caused confusion.
The chart shows the number of malfunctions that occur in different commercial GEO satellite body types, such as the Spacebus or BS702 models.
Specific identification of each period of such excess emissions, exceedances and excursions that occur during startups, shutdowns or malfunctions of the affected facility, including the nature and cause of any malfunction (if known), the corrective action taken or preventive measures adopted; and
By wiring a constant voltage transformer (CVT) in series with the controller power supply, the problems of machine malfunctions and damaged in-process parts were overcome.
The number of subscriber lines affected by the malfunctions was only around 200, so the trouble turned out to be minimal,'' an NTT West official said.
The report said a multiplex management system is necessary for avoiding such troubles, but added that "because they are carried out manually, it is important to remember that inspections cannot be perfect and malfunctions can occur any time.
Malfunctions can have serious consequences if the gun happens to be a duty or defensive piece.
Moreover, if malfunctions in a car's carburetor allow unburned gasoline to infiltrate the interior, it may pay to open the windows.
The maintenance contract requires the taxpayer to repair the customer's computer if it malfunctions during the maintenance period.
Here is the list of top 10 Wardrobe Malfunctions of 2012, as selected by E