misworking

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mis- +‎ working

Noun[edit]

misworking (countable and uncountable, plural misworkings)

  1. incorrect working; malfunction
    • 1843, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command
      [] which apparatus is furnished with a whistle, which gives a continuous shrill call when the water is too low, or if there should be an over-pressure of steam by reason of any misworking of the safety-valve.
    • 2004, Rody Politt, ‎Joy Pollock, ‎Elisabeth Waller, Day-to-Day Dyslexia in the Classroom (page 3)
      If you are disconcerted when faced with the workings – or misworkings! – of a machine or a computer and someone comes along and explains them simply and clearly in terms that can be understood, you become more confident.