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1. a sudden descent of an aircraft as a result of which it hits land or water
2. the sudden collapse of a business, stock exchange, etc., esp one causing further financial failure
a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc.
A breakdown, hardware failure, or software problem that renders a computer system inoperative.
A coarse, rugged fabric woven from linen, cotton, or a combination of both.
A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the system, especially of magnetic disk drives (the term originally described what happened when the air gap of a hard disk collapses). "Three lusers lost their files in last night's disk crash." A disk crash that involves the read/write heads dropping onto the surface of the disks and scraping off the oxide may also be referred to as a "head crash", whereas the term "system crash" usually, though not always, implies that the operating system or other software was at fault.
crash(1) An abnormal termination of a software program. See abend and crash in Windows.
(2) A hard disk failure. See head crash.