glitch

(redirected from glitched)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms.

glitch

1. Electronics a sudden instance of malfunctioning or irregularity in an electronic system
2. Astronomy a change in the rotation rate of a pulsar
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

glitch

See pulsar; neutron star.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

glitch

[glich]
(astronomy)
A sudden change in the period of a pulsar, believed to result from a phenomenon analogous to an earthquake that changes the pulsar's moment of inertia.
(electronics)
An undesired transient voltage spike occurring on a signal being processed.
A minor technical problem arising in electronic equipment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

glitch

/glich/ [German "glitschen" to slip, via Yiddish "glitshen", to slide or skid] 1. (Electronics) When the inputs of a circuit change, and the outputs change to some random value for some very brief time before they settle down to the correct value. If another circuit inspects the output at just the wrong time, reading the random value, the results can be very wrong and very hard to debug (a glitch is one of many causes of electronic heisenbugs).

2. A sudden interruption in electric service, sanity, continuity, or program function. Sometimes recoverable. An interruption in electric service is specifically called a "power glitch" (or power hit), of grave concern because it usually crashes all the computers. See also gritch.

2. [Stanford] To scroll a display screen, especially several lines at a time. WAITS terminals used to do this in order to avoid continuous scrolling, which is distracting to the eye.

4. Obsolete. Same as magic cookie.
This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)

glitch

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.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.