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dropout

1. a student who fails to complete a school or college course
2. Rugby a drop kick taken by the defending team to restart play, as after a touchdown
3. Electronics a momentary loss of signal in a magnetic recording medium as a result of an imperfection in its magnetic coating

dropout

[′dräp‚au̇t]
(computer science)
The accidental disappearance of a valid bit, digit, or character from a storage medium or during reading from or writing to a storage device.
(electricity)
Of a relay, the maximum current, voltage, power, or such, at which it will release from its energized position.
(electronics)
A reduction in output signal level during reproduction of recorded data, sufficient to cause a processing error.
(graphic arts)
A halftone negative, print, or plate on which some of the original image has been removed by masking or opaquing.

dropout

(1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human ear or eye.

(2) In data transmission, a momentary loss of signal that is due to system malfunction or excessive noise.
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For both high school dropouts and high school graduates, higher levels of math lead to substantially better labor market outcomes, with increased levels of employment and increased earnings.
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Not missing a beat, the poetry-besotted high school dropout started a little magazine out of his small-town Mississippi bedroom, christening it with the hip title Blues: A Magazine of New Rhythms.
Although more young people finish high school today than at any time previously, no one knows what the high school dropout rate really is in the United States.
Decreases were recorded in the infant mortality rate, the child and teen death rates, and the high school dropout rate.
According to research published in American Psychologist (Ceci & Williams, 1997), a college graduate stands to earn $812,000 more than a high school dropout does over a lifetime.
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