Meaning of FAILURE in English


Pronunciation: ' f ā l-y ə r

Function: noun

Etymology: alteration of earlier failer, from Anglo-French, from Old French faillir to fail

Date: 1643

1 a : omission of occurrence or performance specifically : a failing to perform a duty or expected action < failure to pay the rent on time> b (1) : a state of inability to perform a normal function <kidney failure > ― compare HEART FAILURE (2) : an abrupt cessation of normal functioning <a power failure > c : a fracturing or giving way under stress <structural failure >

2 a : lack of success b : a failing in business : BANKRUPTCY

3 a : a falling short : DEFICIENCY <a crop failure > b : DETERIORATION , DECAY

4 : one that has failed

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.