Meaning of FAILURE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈfāl-yər ]


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

Date: 1643


a. : omission of occurrence or performance ; specifically : a failing to perform a duty or expected action

failure to pay the rent on time


(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


a. : lack of success

b. : a failing in business : bankruptcy


a. : a falling short : deficiency

a crop failure

b. : deterioration , decay

4. : one that has failed

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.