What is failure?

  • (noun): An act that fails.
    Example: "His failure to pass the test"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.

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Some articles on failure:

No Highway In The Sky - Plot
... he theorizes occurred because of a structural failure in the tail caused by sudden metal fatigue ... and that it may be close to the number of hours his theory projects for the fatal failure ... In the laboratory, the time he predicted for failure passes without failure ...
Failure - Internet Memes
... The term "miserable failure" has also been popularized as a result of a widely known "Google bombing," which caused Google searches for the term to turn up the White House biography ...
1968 24 Hours Of Le Mans - Race
... One of Wyer's cars had clutch failure at 1700, the other had engine failure at 2200 ... under the rain, despite a windshield wiper failure and his teammate Johnny Servoz-Gavin refusing to drive the car in such conditions ...
Henry Petroski
... Henry Petroski (February 6, 1942) is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis ... Petroski has written over a dozen books – beginning with To Engineer is Human The Role of Failure in Successful Design (1985) and including a number of titles detailing ... published book is To Forgive Design Understanding Failure ...
Common Cause And Special Cause (statistics) - Importance To Industrial and Quality Management
... A special-cause failure is a failure that can be corrected by changing a component or process, whereas a common-cause failure is equivalent to noise in the system and ...

More definitions of "failure":

  • (noun): Lack of success.
    Example: "He felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
  • (noun): Inability to discharge all your debts as they come due.
    Example: "Fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
    Synonyms: bankruptcy
  • (noun): An unexpected omission.
    Example: "He resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
  • (noun): Loss of ability to function normally.
    Example: "Kidney failure"
  • (noun): An event that does not accomplish its intended purpose.
    Example: "The surprise party was a complete failure"

Famous quotes containing the word failure:

    Moralists love to discourse on the hollowness of success; about the hollowness of failure they are silent.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    ... how have I used rivers, how have I used wars
    to escape writing of the worst thing of all—
    not the crimes of other, not even our own death,
    but the failure to want our freedom passionately enough
    so that blighted elms, sick rivers, massacres would seem
    mere emblems of that desecration of ourselves?
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    Any effort in philosophy to make the obscure obvious is likely to be unappealing, for the penalty of failure is confusion while the reward of success is banality. An answer, once found, is dull; and the only remaining interest lies in a further effort to render equally dull what is still obscure enough to be intriguing.
    Nelson Goodman (b. 1906)