3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Failure \Fail"ure\, noun [From {Fail}.]

1. Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.

2. Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.

3. Want of success; the state of having failed.

4. Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.

5. A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.

6. A failing; a slight fault. [Obs.] --Johnson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fail \Fail\, noun [OF. faille, from failir. See {Fail}, verb (used without an object)]

1. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by {failure} or {failing}, except in the phrase without fail. "His highness' fail of issue." --Shak.

2. Death; decease. [Obs.] --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"

2: an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure" [ant: {success}]

3: lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure" [ant: {success}]

4: a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently [syn: {failure}, {loser}, {nonstarter}, {unsuccessful person}] [ant: {achiever}, {succeeder}, {success}, {winner}]

5: an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"

6: inability to discharge all your debts as they come due; "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks" [syn: {bankruptcy}, {failure}]

7: loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure"

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