Definitions

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  • v. To function incorrectly; to malfunction

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fail to function or function improperly

Etymologies

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Examples

  • It is also the only case in medicine where the body of a woman is caused to misfunction (the most common forms of birth control are actually overdoses of hormones which trigger a woman's period) and this is called a step up for womens 'dignity.

    Senate delays action on abortion measure

  • I know, it's an easy shot -- we set ourselves up for wardrobe misfunction at some point in lives when we're struggling to just get up and OUT, but still ....

    The Mother of All Blogs | The Stiletto Gang

  • John Scott, of Kensington, Md., suggested, “How about saying ‘Whoops, I hit a misfunction key.’”

    Word Fugitives

  • One wonders if these machines were truly being tested and certified, how could they fail and misfunction with the regularity that they have in the last three elections?

    A RETURN TO SANITY �� WHY WE MUST ELIMINATE COMPUTERIZED CONTROL OF OUR ELECTION SYSTEM:

  • If a GFCI should misfunction, your life or that of someone in your household could be at risk.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • So odd did the light appear that Inman wondered if it emanated from no outside source but was an effect of some misfunction in his thinking.

    Cold Mountain

  • But unless the device had some function, it could simply not misfunction.

    Intentionality

  • There are allegations going back and forth between the Iraqis and the coalition, essentially, central command in Qatar, as to whether or not these missiles that have landed in the Baghdad neighborhoods are from the coalition pilots, or coalition cruise missiles, or if they're surface - to-air missiles fired by the Iraqis that misfunction, essentially, and fall back onto the homes and on to the neighborhoods.

    CNN Transcript Mar 30, 2003

  • " "It was assumed the du Kanes had died during the misfunction of the lifeboat, which you now tell me was no misfunction.

    Mission to Moulokin

  • Data from the primarily connected desperate demons and wizards terror train should pay recovered under the essential misfunction of clean rooms.

    Wii-volution

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  • I have always liked this word better than malfunction or dysfunction, but it's disturbingly less common.

    June 29, 2008