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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fail /ˈfe(ə)l/
 (vi.)失敗;衰退,減弱,衰弱;不,未能;缺乏,不足;停止作用(vt.)評為不及格

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 fail /ˈfe(ə)l/ 不及物動詞
 失敗,失效,未能

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary

 fail
 失效

From: Network Terminology

 fail
 故障 失效

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fail v. t.
 1. To be wanting to ; to be insufficient for; to disappoint; to desert.
    There shall not fail thee a man on the throne.   --1 Kings ii. 4.
 2. To miss of attaining; to lose. [R.]
    Though that seat of earthly bliss be failed.   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fail, n.
 1. Miscarriage; failure; deficiency; fault; -- mostly superseded by failure or failing, except in the phrase without fail. “His highness' fail of issue.”
 2. Death; decease. [Obs.]
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fail v. i. [imp. & p. p. Failed p. pr. & vb. n. Failing.]
 1. To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree up to total absence; to cease to be furnished in the usual or expected manner, or to be altogether cut off from supply; to be lacking; as, streams fail; crops fail.
    As the waters fail from the sea.   --Job xiv. 11.
    Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign.   --Shak.
 2. To be affected with want; to come short; to lack; to be deficient or unprovided; -- used with of.
    If ever they fail of beauty, this failure is not be attributed to their size.   --Berke.
 3. To fall away; to become diminished; to decline; to decay; to sink.
 When earnestly they seek
 Such proof, conclude they then begin to fail.   --Milton.
 4. To deteriorate in respect to vigor, activity, resources, etc.; to become weaker; as, a sick man fails.
 5. To perish; to die; -- used of a person. [Obs.]
    Had the king in his last sickness failed.   --Shak.
 6. To be found wanting with respect to an action or a duty to be performed, a result to be secured, etc.; to miss; not to fulfill expectation.
    Take heed now that ye fail not to do this.   --Ezra iv. 22.
    Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale.   --Shak.
 7. To come short of a result or object aimed at or desired ; to be baffled or frusrated.
    Our envious foe hath failed.   --Milton.
 8. To err in judgment; to be mistaken.
 Which ofttimes may succeed, so as perhaps
 Shall grieve him, if I fail not.   --Milton.
 9. To become unable to meet one's engagements; especially, to be unable to pay one's debts or discharge one's business obligation; to become bankrupt or insolvent; as, many credit unions failed in the late 1980's.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 fail
      v 1: fail to do something; leave something undone; "She failed to
           notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The
           secretary failed to call the customer and the company
           lost the account" [syn: neglect]
      2: be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?";
         "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
         [syn: go wrong, miscarry] [ant: succeed]
      3: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; "His
         sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength
         finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the
         crisis" [syn: betray]
      4: stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went";
         "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke
         down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The
         engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went
         after the accident" [syn: go bad, give way, die, give
         out, conk out, go, break, break down]
      5: be unable; "I fail to understand your motives" [ant: pull
         off]
      6: judge unacceptable; "The teacher failed six students" [ant:
         pass]
      7: fail to get a passing grade; "She studied hard but failed
         nevertheless"; "Did I fail the test?" [syn: flunk, bomb,
          flush it] [ant: pass]
      8: fall short in what is expected; "She failed in her
         obligations as a good daughter-in-law"; "We must not fail
         his obligation to the victims of the Holocaust"
      9: become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close;
         "The toy company went bankrupt after the competition hired
         cheap Mexican labor"; "A number of banks failed that year"
      10: prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed
          after a long drought" [syn: run out, give out]
      11: get worse; "Her health is declining"