Definition of glitch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡlɪtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪtʃ//
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a small problem or fault that stops something working successfully A few technical glitches forced us to postpone the demonstration. It was only a temporary glitch but it could have put people’s lives in danger. The new system has too many bugs and glitches to be trusted. Word Origin 1960s (originally US): of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘a sudden surge of current’, hence ‘malfunction, hitch’ in astronautical slang.

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