- The definition of a glitch is a minor setback, problem or unexpected malfunction.
- When a part suddenly stops working on a machine, this is an example of a glitch.
- When an obstacle comes up and hinders a planned course of action, this is an example of a glitch.
- Slang a mishap, error, malfunctioning, etc.
- a sudden, brief change in the period of a pulsar, believed to be caused by sudden changes in the structure of the rotating star
Origin of glitch; from German colloquial glitsche, a slip ; from glitschen, to slip, slide, intensive of German gleiten: see glide
- A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag: a computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations.
- A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power.
- Astronomy A sudden change in the period of rotation of a neutron star.
Origin of glitchProbably from Yiddish glitsh, a slip, lapse, from glitshn, to slip, from Middle High German glitschen, alteration of glīten, to glide, from Old High German glītan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A problem affecting function; a bug; an imperfection; a quirk
- They are still trying to work out all the glitches.
- (video games) A bug or an exploit.
- Performing this glitch gives you extra lives.
- (music) A genre of experimental electronic music of the 1990s, characterized by a deliberate use of sonic artifacts that would normally be viewed as unwanted noise.
(third-person singular simple present glitches, present participle glitching, simple past and past participle glitched)
Popularized 1960s, by US space program. Attested 1962 by American astronaut John Glenn, in reference to spikes in electrical current.
glitch - Computer Definition
A temporary or random hardware malfunction. It is possible that a bug in a program may cause the hardware to appear as if it had a glitch in it and vice versa. At times it can be extremely difficult to determine whether a problem lies within the hardware or the software. See glitch attack.