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power cycle in Technology


(Or "cycle power", "cycle") To turn a machine's power off and on, with the intention of clearing some kind of hung or gronked state. Synonym 120 reset; see also Big Red Switch. Compare Vulcan nerve pinch, bounce and boot, and see the AI Koan about Tom Knight and the novice.
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