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


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

      adj : unable to meet financial obligations; "a failing business
            venture" [syn: failing]