What does the word failure mean?

Usage examples for failure

  1. It was her first appearance in any company since her father's failure. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  2. Failure at the right time would have made them think, work and do better. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  3. Because you're a failure. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber