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 for glitch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  glitch \glitch\ n.
     1. A fault or defect in a system, plan, or machine.
  
     Syn: bug.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. (Elect.) A brief surge or interruption in the voltage in
        an electrical circuit or device.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  glitch
      n 1: a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
           [syn: bug, glitch]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  glitch
   /glich/
  
      [very common; from German ?glitschig? slippery, via Yiddish ?glitshen?, to
      slide or skid]
  
      1. n. A sudden interruption in electric service, sanity, continuity, or
      program function. Sometimes recoverable. An interruption in electric
      service is specifically called a power glitch (also power hit), of grave
      concern because it usually crashes all the computers. In jargon, though, a
      hacker who got to the middle of a sentence and then forgot how he or she
      intended to complete it might say, ?Sorry, I just glitched?.
  
      2. vi. To commit a glitch. See gritch.
  
      3. vt. [Stanford] To scroll a display screen, esp. several lines at a time.
      WAITS terminals used to do this in order to avoid continuous scrolling,
      which is distracting to the eye.
  
      4. obs. Same as magic cookie, sense 2.
  
      All these uses of glitch derive from the specific technical meaning the
      term has in the electronic hardware world, where it is now techspeak. A
      glitch can occur 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 heisenbug
      s).
  
      [73-06-04]
  
      Coping with a hydraulic glitch.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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