What is failure?

  • (noun): An event that does not accomplish its intended purpose.
    Example: "The surprise party was a complete failure"
    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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Henry Petroski
... Henry Petroski (February 6, 1942) is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis ... with To Engineer is Human The Role of Failure in Successful Design (1985) and including a number of titles detailing the industrial design history of common, everyday objects ... His most recently published book is To Forgive Design Understanding 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 of George W ...
No Highway In The Sky - Plot
... occurred because of a structural failure in the tail caused by sudden metal fatigue ... of hours his theory projects for the fatal failure ... In the laboratory, the time he predicted for failure passes without 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 ...
1968 24 Hours Of Le Mans - Race
... One of Wyer's cars had clutch failure at 1700, the other had engine failure at 2200 ... car to the second place under the rain, despite a windshield wiper failure and his teammate Johnny Servoz-Gavin refusing to drive the car in such conditions ...

More definitions of "failure":

  • (noun): An unexpected omission.
    Example: "He resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
  • (noun): Lack of success.
    Example: "He felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
  • (noun): An act that fails.
    Example: "His failure to pass the test"
  • (noun): Loss of ability to function normally.
    Example: "Kidney failure"
  • (noun): Inability to discharge all your debts as they come due.
    Example: "Fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
    Synonyms: bankruptcy

Famous quotes containing the word failure:

    It could be clearly proved that by a practical nullification [by the South] of the Fifteenth Amendment the Republicans have for several years been deprived of a majority in both the House and Senate. The failure of the South to faithfully observe the Fifteenth Amendment is the cause of the failure of all efforts towards complete pacification. It is on this hook that the bloody shirt now hangs.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    All health and success does me good, however far off and withdrawn it may appear; all disease and failure helps to make me sad and does me evil, however much sympathy it may have with me or I with it.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Mothers are likely to have more bad days on the job than most other professionals, considering the hours: round-the-clock, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. . . . You go to work when you’re sick, maybe even clinically depressed, because motherhood is perhaps the only unpaid position where failure to show up can result in arrest.
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century)