drop-outs1. A variety of "power glitch" (see glitch); momentary zero voltage on the electrical mains. 2. Missing characters in typed input due to software malfunction or system overload (one cause of such behaviour under Unix when a bad connection to a modem swamps the processor with spurious character interrupts; see screaming tty). 3. Mental glitches; used as a way of describing those occasions when the mind just seems to shut down for a couple of beats. See glitch, fried. [Jargon File]
Last updated: 2001-02-22
drop-ins ♦ drop on the floor ♦ drop-outs ♦ DrScheme ♦ DRUCO I ♦ drugged
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