1. A cessation of normal operation; SYN. equipment failure.
2. A mental or physical breakdown; SYN. crack-up.
3. An analysis into mutually exclusive categories; SYN. partitioning.
4. A breakdown is a situation in which something mechanical has broken down.
5. A situation in which an arrangement, agreement, negotiation, plan, or marriage has broken down is a breakdown.
ETYM Old Eng. bugge, from W. bwg, bwgan, hobgoblin, scarecrow, bugbear. Related to Bogey, Boggle.
1. A fault or defect in a system or machine; SYN. glitch.
2. A small hidden microphone; for listening secretly.
ETYM Old Fren. damage, domage, French dommage, from assumed Late Lat. damnaticum, from Latin damnum damage. Related to Damn.
1. Loss of military equipment; SYN. equipment casualty.
2. The act of damaging something or someone; SYN. harm, hurt, scathe.
3. The occurrence of a change for the worse; SYN. harm, impairment.
defection / dəfekʃn̩ /
ETYM Latin defectio: cf. French défection. Related to Defect.
1. Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away.
2. Abandoning one's country, often by betraying it.
ETYM Old Eng. faut, faute, French faute (cf. Italian, Spanish, and Portu. falta), from a verb meaning to want, fail, freq., from Latin fallere to deceive. Related to Fail, Default.
1. Responsibility for a bad situation or event.
2. A serve that lands outside the prescribed area.
3. (Geology) A fracture in the earth's crust with displacement of one side with respect to the other; SYN. geological fault, fault line, fracture, break.
flaw / flɒ /
ETYM Old Eng. flai, flaw flake; cf. Swed. flaga flaw, crack, breach, flake, Dutch vlaag gust of wind, Norw. flage, flaag, and Eng. flag a flat stone.
1. A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or fabrication.
2. A defect; a fault.
3. A shortcoming, especially in moral character.
glitch / ɡlɪtʃ /
A small problem.
A spike caused by the skew of switches or logic. Glitches are a troublesome source of error in high-speed D/A convertors and they are most prevalent at the mid scale switching location.
ETYM Old Eng. meschef bad result, Old Fren. meschief; pref. mes- (Latin minus less) + chief end, head, French chef chief. Related to Minus, and Chief.
Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others; SYN. mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan.