defunct

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French defunct (French défunt), from Latin dēfunctus, past participle of dēfungor (to finish, discharge).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /dɪˈfʌŋkt/
  • (US) also IPA(key): /ˌdiˈfʌŋkt/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

defunct (comparative more defunct, superlative most defunct)

  1. (now rare) Deceased, dead.
  2. No longer in use or active, nor expected to be again.
    1. (business) No longer in business or service, nor expected to be again.
  3. (computing) Specifically, of a process: having terminated but not having been reaped (by its parent or an inheritor), and thus still occupying a process slot. See also zombie, zombie process.
  4. (linguistics) (of a language) No longer spoken.

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Verb[edit]

defunct (third-person singular simple present defuncts, present participle defuncting, simple past and past participle defuncted)

  1. To make defunct.

Noun[edit]

defunct

  1. The dead person (referred to).
    • 1817 September, in Blackwood's Edinburgh magazine, volume 1, page 617:
      [] he saw Robert Johnston, pannel, come out of the cott-house with the fork in his hand, and pass by Alexander Fall and the deponent; heard the pannell say, he had sticked the dog, and he would stick the whelps too; whereupon the pannell run after the defunct’s son with the fork in his hand, []

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French défunt

Noun[edit]

defunct m (plural defuncți)

  1. deceased

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