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

  crash
  
  
      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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