- 1A sudden, usually temporary malfunction or irregularity of equipment: a draft version was lost in a computer glitchMore example sentences
- There concerns centre on ATM-style voting machines that computer scientists have criticised for software glitches, hacking and malfunctioning.
- The woman in the call centre told me that the letter had been sent out by accident - a computer glitch, she told me.
- However, the department has dismissed the issue as a temporary glitch and says the tagging of sheep will do a lot more for the credibility of the industry than farmers care to admit.
- 1.1An unexpected setback in a plan: this has been the first real glitch they’ve encountered in a three months' tourMore example sentences
- As your ruler Mercury goes retrograde, you could experience an unexpected glitch.
- The trick is to be prepared for all the unexpected glitches.
- I was the unexpected glitch in everyone's plan.
- 1.2 Astronomy A brief irregularity in the rotation of a pulsar.More example sentences
- The laboratory demonstration is related to puzzling glitches observed by astronomers in the otherwise smooth, rapid rotation of pulsars.
- Notice that the lines of the flow-volume curve are free of glitches and irregularities.
verb[no object] chiefly US Back to top
- Suffer a sudden malfunction or irregularity: her job involves troubleshooting when systems glitchMore example sentences
- The old combat system glitched frequently and simply wasn't capable of handling multiple contacts, limiting its usefulness in a hostile situation.
- On Saturday I went into work to find our server had glitched at some point between Friday night and Saturday morning, so I spent most of Saturday morning getting it back to the way it was.
- Then she noticed the DNA scanner and the primary security glitching as well, the other things that had been functional during the blast.
- More example sentences
- I haven't had any major problems (though the Cover Flow view is a bit glitchy).
- So since updating to 1.1.3 I've slowly gotten the feeling that this may be the most glitchy update I have dealt with for nearly any one of their products.
1960s (originally US): of unknown origin. The original sense was 'a sudden surge of current', hence 'malfunction, hitch' in astronautical slang.
More definitions of glitchDefinition of glitch in:
- The British & World English dictionary