• WordNet 3.6
    • adj failing below acceptable in performance "received failing grades"
    • n failing failure to reach a minimum required performance "his failing the course led to his disqualification","he got two flunks on his report"
    • n failing a flaw or weak point "he was quick to point out his wife's failings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later
    • Failing A failing short; a becoming deficient; failure; deficiency; imperfection; weakness; lapse; fault; infirmity; as, a mental failing . "And ever in her mind she cast about
      For that unnoticed failing in herself."
    • Failing The act of becoming insolvent of bankrupt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Of all the restaurants that are opened, 90% of them fail in the first year. Of the remaining ones that survive, 90% of those fail in the second year
    • n failing The act or condition of one who fails; imperfection; weakness; fault.
    • n failing Synonyms Foible, imperfection, shortcoming, weakness, infirmity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cindy Laupher had dyslexia and failed every subject in school.
    • n Failing a fault, weakness: a foible
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    “People don't fail, they give up”
  • Source Unknown
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    “You can fail so very often. But you are not a failure until you give up.”
  • Oprah Winfrey
    “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.”
  • Readers Digest
    Readers Digest
    “A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Goodness is the only investment which never fails.”


Words fail me - If words fail you, you can't find the words to express what you are trying to say.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. faillir—L. fallĕre, to deceive; cf. Dut. feilen, Ger. fehlen, Ice. feila.


In literature:

"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
But this means must be employed only where all other and surer means fail.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Now, I am seventy-seven, and failing pretty rapidly.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
When you fail I will fail.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
The rebel showed the teacher he was wrong by failing to know it.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Obviously his preparatory school had failed singularly to keep level with the times.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
This man had failed to appeal before.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was incredible that the army which swept the field for four terrible hours should fail.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Unfortunately, their successors failed to perform the necessary task.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
But she had failed, and she knew that she had failed.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Be no word spoken;
Weep nothing: let a pale
Silence, unbroken
Silence prevail!
Prithee, be no word spoken,
Lest I fail!
"O Mors! Quam Amara Est Memoria Tua Homini Pacem Habenti In Substantiis Suis" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Letters leave a lot unsaid,
Often are not understood,
Seem to mean more than they do,
Fail to mention what they should.
""Don't be angry if I write..."" by Konstantin Simonov
Against the river’s surge,
they stand solid, immovable,
a monument to your lasting regret
at failing to swallow up Wu.
"The Eight Formations" by Du Fu
Gloom, silence! Is it thus He meeds
Your motherhood sublime,
With your birth-throes and agony
To new-stock failing time?
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
My heart, my hand, my spirits fail,
When hiding off he goes;
My flesh, my foes my lusts prevail,
And work my daily woes.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
O, failing one whose faith unfixed
With every movement sways,
Look back, and in thy spirit kneel
With Cameron as he prays.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Last year, the district cut the budget by $1.3 million, after a failed referendum.
Palo Duro 800 relay breaks area record, fails to qualify for state.
Dreams Inc, which had failed to meet some provisions of its bank lending agreement, says it has reached agreement with Comerica Bank for a credit line of $21 million through June 2010.
As banks fail and pro formas are revised again, business borrowers eager to restructure their debt often find their loans are no longer held by the originating or "relationship" banker.
For Better or for Wurtzel, Author and Lawyer Elizabeth Sanguine About Failing the Bar Exam .
"The deeper understanding we gleaned about poverty was directly linked to our absolute shock at what the public education system fails to offer inner-city youth".
Stan Lee Media Fails to Reclaim 'Conan the Barbarian ' Rights.
'Paterno': A Relentless, Failed Defense of Penn State's Disgraced Coach.
3 men get prison in failed Ohio bridge bomb plot.
Last summer, he was recognized for failing to impress when given the opportunity at practice.
The Empire of Japan tried its best to kill John Mims in World War II but failed.
Why do many business people fail in government.
Stop Following a Failed Policy.
No longer should parents with children trapped in failing schools be left without rational options.
While the improvements are welcome, iRobot has failed to fix some of the original problems with the ' bot .

In science:

Obviously, the strategies ǫ and δ have many types, namely any type τ → τ where Γ ⊢ τ holds (cf. [id] and [fail]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The two base cases for ǫ and δ trivially satisfy UOT by simple inspection of the type position in the rules [id] and [fail].
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Reduction fails if any of the children cannot be processed as in the case of 2(·) (cf. [red− .2]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
There is also the possibility that pairwise composition fails (cf. [red− .3] and [red− .4]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
As in the case of 3 (·), we cannot process constants ([sel− .1]), and we also need to fail if none of the children admits selection (cf. [sel− .2]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies