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1. A variety of "power glitch" (see glitch); momentary zero
voltage on the electrical mains.
2. Missing characters in typed input due to software
malfunction or system overload (one cause of such behaviour
under Unix when a bad connection to a modem swamps the
processor with spurious character interrupts; see screaming tty).
3. Mental glitches; used as a way of describing those
occasions when the mind just seems to shut down for a couple
of beats. See glitch, fried.
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