When you’re at loss for words,  Webster can help you out. No, this is not another Brooks Conrad post (keep reading).

Fail. [feyl] –verb (used without object)

1. to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning.

2. to receive less than the passing grade or mark in an examination, class, or course of study: He failed in history.

3. to be or become deficient or lacking; be insufficient or absent; fall short: Our supplies failed.

4. to dwindle, pass, or die away: The flowers failed for lack of rain.

5. to lose strength or vigor; become weak: His health failed after the operation.

6. to become unable to meet or pay debts or business obligations; become insolvent or bankrupt.

7. (of a building member, structure, machine part, etc.) to break, bend, crush, or be otherwise destroyed or made useless because of an excessive load.

8. to stop functioning or operating: The electricity failed during the storm.

Illustration: Texas Tech Special Teams.


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