catastrophic error

catastrophic error

[‚kad·ə¦sträf·ik ′er·ər]
(computer science)
A situation in which so many errors are detected in a computer program that its compilation or execution is automatically terminated.
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PLUNGING Britain into another war would be a catastrophic error for David Cameron when RAF air strikes would make little difference to Islamic State.
SIMON MOORE After so long waiting in the wings, the goalkeeper's big day was ruined by a catastrophic error which handed Fulham a goal.
A clear sign that bungling Beeb bosses were beginning to realise the magnitude of their catastrophic error.
Meanwhile, Billy makes a catastrophic error while looking after the funerals.
It was the hosts who made the brighter start and went ahead on 20 minutes after a catastrophic error in the Vale defence.
THE Queen has been accused of making a catastrophic error of judgment by dining with the King of Bahrain, whose regime is accused of a catalogue of human rights abuses.
He said: "This catastrophic error of judgment - hiring Andy Coulson, hanging on to him too long - directly contributed to the position Sir Paul found himself in and his decision to resign.
For those of us not familiar with the slang term and title of this book, Screwing the Pooch, here are a few definitions: 1) to do something the wrong way, 2) to make a catastrophic error, and 3) to goldbrick--all negative behaviors, and it is this negative or dark side of life that these short stories have in common.
It's a poor excuse of an apology for what was a catastrophic error.
When Holmes struck oil in 1932, Britain and America scrambled to rectify their catastrophic error of judgement.
But international health officials believe a flu pandemic is overdue, and failure to adequately plan a response would be a catastrophic error.
The official published petroleum supply statistics are not changed to reflect revisions until publication of the Petroleum Supply Annual (PSA), except in cases of catastrophic error.
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