fail·ure /ˈfe(ə)ljɚ/ 名詞
誤失; 故障 FUR
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.]
n 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: loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful
person] [ant: achiever]
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]
7: loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure"