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English Dictionary: glitch by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
glitch
n
  1. a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
    Synonym(s): bug, glitch
From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   glitch /glich/   [very common; from German `glitschig' to slip,
   via Yiddish `glitshen', to slide or skid] 1. n. A sudden
   interruption in electric service, sanity, continuity, or program
   function.   Sometimes recoverable.   An interruption in electric
   service is specifically called a `power glitch' (also {power hit}),
   of grave concern because it usually crashes all the computers.   In
   jargon, though, a hacker who got to the middle of a sentence and
   then forgot how he or she intended to complete it might say, "Sorry,
   I just glitched".   2. vi. To commit a glitch.   See {gritch}.   3. vt.
   [Stanford] To scroll a display screen, esp. several lines at a
   time.   {{WAITS}} terminals used to do this in order to avoid
   continuous scrolling, which is distracting to the eye.   4. obs.
   Same as {magic cookie}, sense 2.
  
      All these uses of `glitch' derive from the specific technical
   meaning the term has in the electronic hardware world, where it is
   now techspeak.   A glitch can occur when the inputs of a circuit
   change, and the outputs change to some {random} value for some very
   brief time before they settle down to the correct value.   If another
   circuit inspects the output at just the wrong time, reading the
   random value, the results can be very wrong and very hard to debug
   (a glitch is one of many causes of electronic {heisenbug}s).
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   glitch
  
      /glich/ [German "glitschen" to slip, via Yiddish "glitshen",
      to slide or skid] 1. (Electronics) When the inputs of a
      circuit change, and the outputs change to some {random} value
      for some very brief time before they settle down to the
      correct value.   If another circuit inspects the output at just
      the wrong time, reading the random value, the results can be
      very wrong and very hard to debug (a glitch is one of many
      causes of electronic {heisenbug}s).
  
      2. A sudden interruption in electric service, sanity,
      continuity, or program function.   Sometimes recoverable.   An
      interruption in electric service is specifically called a
      "power glitch" (or {power hit}), of grave concern because it
      usually crashes all the computers.   See also {gritch}.
  
      2. [Stanford] To scroll a display screen, especially several
      lines at a time.   {WAITS} terminals used to do this in order
      to avoid continuous scrolling, which is distracting to the
      eye.
  
      4. Obsolete.   Same as {magic cookie}.
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
  
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