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



    BrE BrE//ɡlɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡlɪtʃ//
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  1. 1a 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.
  2. 2[uncountable] a type of electronic music that uses sound recordings and electronic instruments that have been made to work incorrectly so there are deliberate glitches in the sound Their style embraces everything from hip hop and funk to techno and glitch.
  3. Word Origin1960s (originally US): of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘a sudden surge of current’, hence ‘malfunction, hitch’ in astronautical slang.

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