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fatal error

fatal error in Technology

programming, operating system
Any error which causes abrupt termination of the program. The program may be terminated either by itself or by the operating system (a "fatal exception"). In the former instance, the program contains code which catches the error and, as a result, returns to the operating system or calls an operating system service to terminate the program.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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