Definition of glitch in English:


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Pronunciation: /glɪtʃ


  • 1A sudden, usually temporary malfunction or fault of equipment: a draft version was lost in a computer glitch
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    • 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: the only glitch in his year is failing to qualify for the Masters
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • Suffer a sudden malfunction or fault: the elevators glitched
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    • 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.


1960s (originally US): of unknown origin. The original sense was 'a sudden surge of current', hence 'malfunction, hitch' in astronautical slang.

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