catatonic


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catatonic

(jargon)
A description of a system that gives no indication that it is still working. This might be because it has crashed without being able to give any error message or because it is busy but not designed to give any feedback.

Compare buzz.
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A significant proportion of patients with catatonic syndrome also exhibit a subsidiary psychiatric condition, reason for which therapeutic intervention is often postponed.
Within 3 days the catatonic features diminished and she began to respond to simple commands and after a week she also started talking.
Kiki arrives and tells Franco that Heather is in a catatonic state, locked safely in her cell.
Davy refuses to go, but an artillery barrage knocks her out and she is placed on the boat, where she lapses into a catatonic state.
Not that it matters, their endless free psych pummeling can induce spazmotics, ear damage, catatonic bliss, whatever.
And what a grim life it has been--his mother died of cancer a few months ago; his drugged-out older brother, a former basketball star sidelined by sciatica, committed suicide recently; and his father is almost catatonic with depression.
Mr Ashley didn't become a Zillionaire by being a mug, hopefully he can lend his expertise and business acumen to revitalise this catatonic giant, he may also like to put another bar in the upper Gallowgate, but that's for the future.
If Falwell staggers your imagination, Pastor Becky Fischer is going to send you into catatonic shock.
Though Frist currently has a great deal of visibility as a result of his position as the party's leader in the Senate, his record as leader has been spotty at best, his speaking ability very weak, and his political judgment and instincts highly suspect, with his video diagnosis of a catatonic Terri Schiavo perhaps his most remembered moment as Senate leader.
Recently, she directed a remount of her production of Enoch Arden by Alfred, Lord Jabber and his Catatonic Songstress for The Theatre Centre in Toronto.
Dana Caspersen, her voice transmuted into nasal male tones, attempts to justify something to the catatonic San Martin.