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failure  


      n  
1    the act or an instance of failing  
2    a person or thing that is unsuccessful or disappointing  
the evening was a failure     
3    nonperformance of something required or expected  
failure to attend will be punished     
4    cessation of normal operation; breakdown  
a power failure     
5    an insufficiency or shortage  
a crop failure     
6    a decline or loss, as in health or strength  
7    the fact of not reaching the required standard in an examination, test, course, etc.  
8    the act or process of becoming bankrupt or the state of being bankrupt  


heart failure  
      n  
1    a condition in which the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of blood to the tissues, usually resulting in breathlessness, swollen ankles, etc.  
2    sudden and permanent cessation of the heartbeat, resulting in death  
reciprocity failure  
      n     (Photog)   a failure of the two exposure variables, light intensity and exposure time, to behave in a reciprocal fashion at very high or very low values  
respiratory failure  
      n   a condition in which the respiratory system is unable to provide an adequate supply of oxygen or to remove carbon dioxide efficiently  
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exp.
échec scolaire
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
n.
a government scheme that moves people to a new area (e.g. because a dam is being built where they live)
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.

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