• WordNet 3.6
    • n failure an unexpected omission "he resented my failure to return his call","the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
    • n failure an act that fails "his failure to pass the test"
    • n failure an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose "the surprise party was a complete failure"
    • n failure a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
    • n failure loss of ability to function normally "kidney failure"
    • n failure lack of success "he felt that his entire life had been a failure","that year there was a crop failure"
    • n failure inability to discharge all your debts as they come due "the company had to declare bankruptcy","fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Florida failure to tell your neighbor his house is on fire is illegal.
    • Failure A becoming insolvent; bankruptcy; suspension of payment; as, failure in business.
    • Failure A failing; a slight fault.
    • Failure Cessation of supply, or total defect; a failing; deficiency; as, failure of rain; failure of crops.
    • Failure Decay, or defect from decay; deterioration; as, the failure of memory or of sight.
    • Failure Omission; nonperformance; as, the failure to keep a promise.
    • Failure Want of success; the state of having failed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n failure A failing; deficiency; default; cessation of supply or total defect: as, the failure of springs or streams; failure of crops.
    • n failure Omission; non-performance: as, the failure of a promise or an engagement.
    • n failure Decay, or defect from decay: as, the failure of memory or of sight.
    • n failure The act of failing, or the state of having failed to accomplish a purpose or attain an object; want of success: as, the failures of life.
    • n failure The condition of becoming bankrupt by reason of insolvency; confession of insolvency; a becoming insolvent or bankrupt: as, the failure of a merchant or a bank.
    • n failure Neglect.
    • n failure Miscarriage.
    • n failure Failure, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, Suspension. “Insolvency is a state; failure, an act flowing out of that state; and bankruptcy, an effect of that act” (Crabb). A bank may be insolvent—that is, unable to pay all its debts—without there being a public knowledge of the fact; it is a just law that makes it a criminal offense for a bank officer to receive deposits when he knows his bank to be insolvent. Failure is the popular and common name indicating the cessation of business on account of insolvency, especially if produced by the actual lack of money to meet some demand. Bankruptcy is often in popular use the same as insolvency, but it is more often used of the legal state of those who have surrendered their property to their creditors on account of their insolvency, or of the proceedings in connection therewith: as, he is going through bankruptcy. Suspension, or stoppage of payment, is in the nature of temporary failure, depending upon temporary disabilities not necessarily involving insolvency. Upon converting assets into money or getting an extension of credit, one who has suspended may be able to resume business. Insolvency and bankruptcy, in the legal sense, continue, in respect to past obligations, until the insolvent or bankrupt is formally discharged by the courts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Failure a falling short, or cessation: omission: decay: bankruptcy
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  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “Failure is success if we learn from it.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Ambition is the last refuge of failure.”
  • Elmer G. Letterman
    Elmer G. Letterman
    “A man may fall many times but he won't be a failure until he says someone pushed him.”
  • H. G. Hasler
    H. G. Hasler
    “You cannot have the success without the failures.”
  • Cindy Adams
    Cindy Adams
    “Success has made failures of many men.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.”


Failure is the mother of success - Failure is often a stepping stone towards success.


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


In literature:

O, poor; OO, failure.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
He had also failed to notice that military failures could not affect Madison's strength.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
I was careful to prepare them all for failure.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
Return visits I know of, such as these, have been appalling failures.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
But the attempt proved an utter failure.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
What precautions are you going to take against failure this time?
"Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett
Seldom does a farmer attribute his failure to the poverty of his soil.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
He told of his failures and successes with impartial enthusiasm.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
But that failure was certainly the turning-point of the war.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
I'm going to make this fight and I've a sickening foreboding of failure.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

Many a field most fertile
Bears vile and noxious weeds,
Through failure of the tiller
To sow some worthy seeds.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
And yet I fear some recreant thought,
Which now I all forget,
That painful feeling in me wrought
Of failure, lingering yet.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Failure, say they? Who would fear
When the world is wide before,
And the skies are wide above,
And a strong man's heart is sure?
"Nec Aspera Terrent" by Cicely Fox Smith
Old MRS. PETER soon began
To see the failure of his plan,
And then resolved (I quote the Bard)
To "hoist him with his own petard."
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Right wronged, and knowledge wasted;
Wise labour spurned for ease;
The sloth and the sin and the failure;
Did I grow sad for these?
"In the Black Forest" by Amy Levy
In danger, failure, suffering, she
Cheer'd on with her unchanging smile,
Still looking forth to victory,
As free from doubt as far from guile.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes

In news:

Councilman calls Chase Tower ' congestive heart failure '.
Elizabeth Taylor, legendary actress, dies at 79 of congestive heart failure .
Elizabeth Taylor is back in the hospital, being treated for congestive heart failure , has confirmed.
Duckworth's autopsy: congestive heart failure .
Failure followed failure as the years went by, and though he never gave up hope for another fresh start, the horizon began to hold darker visions of an angry future.
The Government's statutory register plans have been labelled inadequate for their failure to include in-house lobbyists such as News Corporation's Frederic Michel.
Patriots receiver Wes Welker said the failure to reach a long-term contract with the Patriots has been removed from his mindset, and his focus is on playing well and helping the team win games.
When one of them has a bearing problem, the belt stops moving — even though the bearings are often not the root cause of the failure.
Tips to Prevent Coolant Failure.
On Monday, the NCAA is scheduled to hit Penn State with ' corrective and punitive measures' for the university's failure to prevent repeated sexual abuse of young boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The inspectors have not yet seen testing records for the pipe that failed, but given its age and the condition of pipes connected to it, they believe corrosion is a strong possible cause of its failure.
With the stronger disinfectants being used today to meet stricter EPA standards, however, these traditional systems are showing greater vulnerability to pitting, corrosion and premature leaks and failures.
The US bans imports of Costa Rican shrimp over failure to protect endangered turtles.
An excuse doesn't substantiate failure.
Failure is a lack of intended results.

In science:

The failure of the quenched approximation has been reproduced in such lattice models.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The failure of the quenched approximation at nonzero chemical potential was first understood analytically in terms of chRMT by Stephanov [186].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Examples are the properties of the Dirac spectrum in the approach to the critical temperature, the failure of the quenched approximation at µ > 0, and the phase diagram of the QCD partition function in the µT m plane.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The naive limit is shown to exist only for standard Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies, due to failure to parameterize the whole phase space by densities Ni of annihilators of the first Poisson structure.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Non-termination or failure to find a derivation will result.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms