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Examples of glitch in a Sentence
Glitches in the speaker's schedule caused some delays.
A technical glitch caused a temporary shutdown.
Recent Examples of glitch from the Web
The glitches are the latest in a series of problems with the city’s water system that serves approximately 46,000 residential customers.
The curfew violation was later proved to be a computer glitch, Oviedo Police Lt.
These youngsters from Tanzania are not limbless by accident or through some genetic glitch.
The Marine Corps has greenlighted the return of F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to the skies over Arizona, following a brief grounding caused by computer glitches.
BBC's News at Ten, the British media network's flagship evening news program, suffered a technical glitch that caused it to broadcast Huw Edwards, the program's anchor, lost in thought at his desk for four oddly entrancing minutes earlier this week.
No doubt this was an opening-night glitch that will be remedied.
A computer glitch led the U.S. Geological Survey to accidentally distribute a message that predicts that a 6.8 earthquake will erupt in the Santa Barbara Channel on June 29, 2025.
A slight glitch so far: Gizmo has a gyroscope inside that keeps the iPad balanced over the pole and wheels and the robot appears to bob slightly forward and back.
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Did You Know?
There's a glitch in the etymology of glitch - the origins of the word are not known for sure, though it may derive from the Yiddish glitsh, meaning "slippery place." The first documented use of glitch in print in English is found in astronaut John Glenn's 1962 book Into Orbit. In it he wrote, "Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it." Today, you don't have to be an astronaut to be familiar with the word glitch, which can be used of any minor malfunction or snag.
GLITCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of glitch for English Language Learners
: an unexpected and usually minor problem; especially : a minor problem with a machine or device (such as a computer)
GLITCH Defined for Kids
Definition of glitch for Students
: a usually minor problem
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