abbreviation or noun
\ ˌbē-ˌes-ˌō-ˈdē How to pronounce BSOD (audio) \
variants: or less commonly BSoD
plural BSODs also BSoDs

Definition of BSOD

: a screen (see screen entry 1 sense 4b) that usually consists of an error message displayed in white text on a solid blue background and that occurs when an electronic device has encountered an error from which it cannot recover : blue screen of death … after the upgrade, customers may experience the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) intermittently, after the system is resumed from sleep or hibernate modes.— Barry Collins My own problems this morning, after the update sneaked in, saw my PC sit in a continual reboot cycle of BSODs pointing at memory, graphics card and other errors.— Antony Leather Mischievous magical forces quickly began interfering with my trainees' computers from Monday onwards, provoking more application freezes, system crashes and BSoDs during the first morning than I would normally expect in an average month.— Alistair Dabbs

First Known Use of BSOD

1997, in the meaning defined above

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“BSOD.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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