glitch

Definitions

General English

Computing

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

Electronics

Slang

  • 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.
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