General English


  • noun anything which causes the sudden unexpected failure of a computer or equipment


  • A minor malfunction or problem, often of a temporary or random nature.
  • A very brief and undesired high-amplitude transient, such as that which may occur when processing a signal.
  • In a CRT, such as that of a TV or oscilloscope, interference which manifests itself as a narrow horizontal bar moving vertically along the picture.


  • noun a snag, an unforeseen fault or malfunction. This piece of aerospace technicians’ jargon from the late 1960s has entered the common vocabulary in the era of high technology, referring particularly to computer problems. It is either a blend of gremlin and hitch, or from a Yiddish version of the German glitschen, meaning to slip.