Definitions for failing
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word failing.
a flaw or weak point
"he was quick to point out his wife's failings"
failure to reach a minimum required performance
"his failing the course led to his disqualification"; "he got two flunks on his report"
below acceptable in performance
"received failing grades"
His worst failing is his temper.
if the preferred or prior option is not possible
A large proportion of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention of going on strike, failing a settlement.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Deficiency; imperfection; faults not atrocious; lapse.
Etymology: from fail.
Besides what failings may be in the matter, even in the expressions there must often be great obscurities. Digby.
To failings mild, but zealous for desert;
The clearest head, and the sincerest heart. Alexander Pope.
Even good men have many temptations to subdue, many conflicts with those enemies which war against the soul, and many failings and lapses to lament and recover. John Rogers.
Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. The criteria for failure depends on context, and may be relative to a particular observer or belief system. One person might consider a failure what another person considers a success, particularly in cases of direct competition or a zero-sum game. Similarly, the degree of success or failure in a situation may be differently viewed by distinct observers or participants, such that a situation that one considers to be a failure, another might consider to be a success, a qualified success or a neutral situation. It may also be difficult or impossible to ascertain whether a situation meets criteria for failure or success due to ambiguous or ill-defined definition of those criteria. Finding useful and effective criteria, or heuristics, to judge the success or failure of a situation may itself be a significant task.
Failing refers to a lack of success in achieving or accomplishing a task, objective, or goal. It can also refer to a deficiency, weakness, or shortcoming in a particular aspect or area. It often implies not meeting set standards or expectations.
a failing short; a becoming deficient; failure; deficiency; imperfection; weakness; lapse; fault; infirmity; as, a mental failing
the act of becoming insolvent of bankrupt
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Failing is ranked #32169 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Failing surname appeared 717 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Failing.
90.7% or 651 total occurrences were White.
4.4% or 32 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
1.3% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'failing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4240
The numerical value of failing in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of failing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
We are losing generations of children because we are failing them. We are failing them because we are not able to provide everything that they need: textbooks, programming and even the facilities, and that is criminal. And those are just the basics, that's the necessities.
It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy. (Answering North Vietnamese charge that US could not endure)
So much of our political discourse and dysfunction has been stoked through cultural and racial flashpoints, whether it's public education, police/community relations, employment or voting -- all current political battles fuel cultural wars that impact these tendencies. We are failing our nation's youth along socio-economic lines, but also failing to reinforce the promises of a democratic society.
The regulator is the guarantor for the population, not the manufacturers or the utilities, and it is failing, the first level where the NRA is failing is every single day in their oversight of Fukushima.
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