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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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