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Definition of "glitch" []

  • A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag: a computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations. (noun)
  • A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power. (noun)
  • Astronomy A sudden change in the period of rotation of a neutron star. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "glitch" in a sentence
  • "Although the OED states that the etymology of "glitch" is unknown, it probably comes from the Yiddish glitsh"
  • "Usually, news of the fault spreads like wildfire, and huge queues build up until the glitch is put right or the machine runs out of notes."
  • "The glitch is obviously ridiculous as a cover story, but I can't quite believe Amazon "caved in" to demands of some Focus in the Family type group either."