Definition of glitch in English:

glitch

noun

informal
  • 1A sudden, usually temporary malfunction or irregularity of equipment.

    ‘a draft version was lost in a computer glitch’
    • ‘He hopes that will prove to have been a temporary glitch in his quest for more glory.’
    • ‘Errors include transposed numbers, faulty equipment, mutilated punch cards and computer glitches.’
    • ‘Computer glitches, bad weather, a number of airline workers sick-outs all contributed to leaving thousands of flights unflown and piles of baggage unhandled.’
    • ‘The woman in the call centre told me that the letter had been sent out by accident - a computer glitch, she told me.’
    • ‘System overloads cause brief glitches and outages, draining the power we take for granted from our appliances and modern devices.’
    • ‘When you do not arm yourself with the mental equipment to handle glitches in your daily plans, you set yourself up for needless disappointment and misery.’
    • ‘The show is 100% sold out, and through a computer glitch in the box office, there were twenty double bookings.’
    • ‘There concerns centre on ATM-style voting machines that computer scientists have criticised for software glitches, hacking and malfunctioning.’
    • ‘Every now and then, there is frustration when there is a software glitch or a hardware fault, causing messages to appear on the screen in highly technical language.’
    • ‘They are confident it has hit a temporary glitch.’
    • ‘However, the department has dismissed the issue as a temporary glitch and says the tagging of sheep will do a lot more for the credibility of the industry than farmers care to admit.’
    • ‘In fact our watches are a long time investment lasting years with no glitches.’
    • ‘We had built in so many different second and third order kind of contingencies in order to be prepared for various glitches and faults and problems and whatever else.’
    • ‘It took most of the next morning to figure out the glitch and devise a temporary fix.’
    • ‘He plays his pirated cassette of the score, with its glitches and sudden stops, over and over again.’
    • ‘As a brief glitch this would have been irritating but excusable.’
    • ‘I knew there hadn't been any of those, so it must have been a temporary glitch, right?’
    • ‘So far, schools say, computer glitches have made it a disaster.’
    • ‘He said the test followed a week of delays caused by weather and technical glitches, including malfunction of an internal battery aboard the target missile on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Many firms see the recessionary side of the current market as a temporary glitch, rather than a cause for serious concern.’
    1. 1.1An unexpected setback in a plan.
      ‘this has been the first real glitch they've encountered in a three months' tour’
      • ‘I was the unexpected glitch in everyone's plan.’
      • ‘You might encounter schedule changes, unpredictable weather delays or any number of travel glitches.’
      • ‘But it seems to me that we've encountered more glitches of late, as the competitive landscape has heated up.’
      • ‘A slight glitch in the real life, nothing terribly serious, just time consuming.’
      • ‘Instead a mission that's already had its share of hitches and glitches will land somewhere tomorrow.’
      • ‘The trick is to be prepared for all the unexpected glitches.’
      • ‘The ten-year term of the contract should supply enough time to work through the inevitable glitches and to obtain real benefits.’
      • ‘The one glitch of the play that I must note was the unexpected thunder at the start of the second half of the performance after intermission.’
      • ‘He soon learns that the complex has been inconvenienced by security glitches.’
      • ‘The daily meeting provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and be reassured, and it provides the contractor with an opportunity to explain glitches, delays, and so on.’
      • ‘It may seem obvious after shares in a glitch company have recovered, but how do investors differentiate a glitch from a problem that is more systemic within a business?’
      • ‘In reality, there are a number of opportunities for glitches, delays and missteps.’
      • ‘There are so many problems, so many glitches, so many ways with which this bill is not good even short-term policy, that we are going to have to figure out a way to address it.’
      • ‘As your ruler Mercury goes retrograde, you could experience an unexpected glitch.’
      • ‘The revenue management general manager blamed the problem on internal glitches in the municipality.’
      • ‘People who would love and cherish a child and because of some cosmic glitch may never get to do so.’
      • ‘From the perspective of senior combat officers, these problems are not simply minor glitches in an otherwise adequate plan, but rather symptoms of a deeply flawed blueprint.’
      • ‘Pretesting was very important for detecting a range of potential problems, from logistical glitches to problems with methods or threats to accuracy.’
      • ‘This was a mistake, a glitch or hiccup in Lara's life plans.’
    2. 1.2Astronomy
      A brief irregularity in the rotation of a pulsar.
      • ‘The laboratory demonstration is related to puzzling glitches observed by astronomers in the otherwise smooth, rapid rotation of pulsars.’
      • ‘Notice that the lines of the flow-volume curve are free of glitches and irregularities.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]US
informal
  • Suffer a sudden malfunction or irregularity.

    ‘her job involves troubleshooting when systems glitch’
    • ‘The old combat system glitched frequently and simply wasn't capable of handling multiple contacts, limiting its usefulness in a hostile situation.’
    • ‘On Saturday I went into work to find our server had glitched at some point between Friday night and Saturday morning, so I spent most of Saturday morning getting it back to the way it was.’
    • ‘Then she noticed the DNA scanner and the primary security glitching as well, the other things that had been functional during the blast.’
    • ‘This market has a unique requirement - it cannot tolerate a disruption in the data flow or the picture you're viewing on the screen will glitch.’
    • ‘I bought it in, like, September, and it's glitching beyond belief.’
    • ‘One of the screens glitched and both men looked at it.’
    • ‘I'm curious how that notoriously unreliable piece of engineering, the human body, will cause glitches in this system.’
    • ‘He also would frequently get angry when the programs would glitch and he couldn't write what he wanted to on the screen.’
    • ‘Now the beauty is that the hologram forms so tightly to your body that if someone touches the hologram it doesn't glitch or anything.’

Origin

1960s (originally US): of unknown origin. The original sense was a sudden surge of current hence malfunction, hitch in astronautical slang.

Pronunciation:

glitch

/ɡliCH/