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glitch

[glich] /glɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a defect or malfunction in a machine or plan.
2.
Computers. any error, malfunction, or problem.
Compare bug1 (def 5).
3.
a brief or sudden interruption or surge in voltage in an electric circuit.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause a glitch in:
an accident that glitched our plans.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; perhaps < Yiddish glitsh slippery area; compare glitshn, German glitschen to slip, slide
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British Dictionary definitions for glitched

glitch

/ɡlɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a sudden instance of malfunctioning or irregularity in an electronic system
2.
a change in the rotation rate of a pulsar
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for glitched

glitch

n.

1962, American English, possibly from Yiddish glitsh "a slip," from glitshn "to slip," from German glitschen, and related gleiten "to glide" (see glide). Perhaps directly from German; it began as technical jargon in the argot of electronic hardware engineers, popularized and given a broader meaning by U.S. space program.

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Slang definitions & phrases for glitched

glitch

noun
  1. An operating defect; malfunction; a disabling minor problem: despite such ''glitches'' (a spaceman's word for irritating disturbances)/ Most had assured themselves that the trouble signal was only a ''glitch'' (1962+ Aerospace)
  2. A sudden interruption of electrical supply, program function, etc: The term ''bug'' to refer to a computer glitch (1980s+ Computer)

[fr German glitschen (or Yiddish glitshen), ''slip'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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