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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
1. n. A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the
system (q.v., sense 1), esp. of magnetic disk drives (the term
originally described what happens 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.
2. v. To fail suddenly. "Has the system just crashed?" "Something
crashed the OS!" See down. Also used transitively to indicate the
cause of the crash (usually a person or a program, or both). "Those
idiots playing SPACEWAR crashed the system."
3. vi. Sometimes said of people hitting the sack after a long
hacking run; see gronk out.
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