\ ˈglich How to pronounce glitch (audio) \

Definition of glitch

1a : a usually minor malfunction a glitch in a spacecraft's fuel cell also : bug entry 1 sense 2
b : a minor problem that causes a temporary setback : snag
2 : a false or spurious electronic signal

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Other Words from glitch

glitchy \ ˈgli-​chē \ adjective

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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.

Examples of glitch in a Sentence

Glitches in the speaker's schedule caused some delays. A technical glitch caused a temporary shutdown.

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The blaze that erupted after the glitch let off large clouds of black smoke, caught in videos shared on social media. Claudia Harmata,, "The Tennessee Titans Literally Lit Up the Field at Their Home Opener," 16 Sep. 2019 The only glitch seemed to be when the screens inside the arena lit up with transit information while the band was still playing. Ann Killion,, "Chase Center intimate, dazzling: First impressions of Warriors’ new home," 11 Sep. 2019 Add the glitch on top of that and the result is downright comical. Dan Gartland,, "A ‘Madden 20’ Glitch Makes Lamar Jackson More Unstoppable Than Michael Vick," 29 July 2019 The new glitch doesn't directly involve the flight-control software that was linked to two crashes since October that killed a total of 346 people. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Newest 737 Max delay forces Southwest Airlines to reassess rest of 2019 flights," 1 July 2019 The exact specifics of the technical issue weren't revealed, but some Elizabeth Warren fans like to believe that the Massachusetts senator fixed the glitch herself. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Joking that Elizabeth Warren Fixed the Sound Issue at the Democratic Debate," 27 June 2019 Recently, however, players deduced that the glitch tends to happen at the same place. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 players find cursed road that always sets horses on fire," 1 Nov. 2018 When the first bet is placed Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (barring any regulatory glitch), sheets listing every sport on which a bet can be placed will be available. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Take a look inside a sports book at one of first Indiana casinos to offer wagering on NFL, NCAA, NBA," 30 Aug. 2019 In the past, satellite operators—like those controlling GPS satellites from Schriever Air Force Base down the road—would have blamed problems on space weather or communication glitches. The Economist, "Donald Trump creates Space Command but must wait for Space Force," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of glitch

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glitch

perhaps from Yiddish glitsh slippery place, from glitshn (zikh) to slide, glide; akin to Old High German glītan to glide — more at glide

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English Language Learners Definition of glitch

informal : an unexpected and usually minor problem especially : a minor problem with a machine or device (such as a computer)


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Kids Definition of glitch

: a usually minor problem

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