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Probably from Yiddish גליטש (glitsh), from dialectal German glitschig (“slippy”), from glitsch (“slide, glide, slip”) + -ig (“-y”). Related to gleiten (“glide”). Cognate with French glisser (“to slip, to slide, to skid”).
glitch (plural glitches)
- A problem affecting function
- (video games) A bug or an exploit.
- Performing this glitch gives you extra lives.
- (music) A genre of experimental electronic music of the 1990s, characterized by a deliberate use of sonic artifacts that would normally be viewed as unwanted noise.
- (engineering) A signal that does not remain active for a full clock period.
- 1962, John Glenn
- Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical current.
- 1965, Time magazine
- Glitches—a spaceman’s word for irritating disturbances.
problem, bug, imperfection, quirk
video games: bug or exploit
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- To experience an intermittent, unexpected, malfunction
- My computer keeps glitching; every couple of hours it just reboots without warning.
- (video games) To perform an exploit or recreate a bug while playing a video game.
- His character will glitch into the wall and out of the level.
- Moradi, Iman. (2004) Glitch Aesthetic
- ^ Microchip, "Application Notes", #1451-A, http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/AppNotes/01451A.pdf