n. 1. A variety of `power glitch' (see glitch); momentary 0 voltage on the electrical mains.
2. Missing characters in typed input due to software malfunction or system saturation (this can happen under UNIX when a bad connection to a modem swamps the processor with spurious character interrupts).
3. Mental glitches; used as a way of describing those occasions when the mind just seems to shut down for a couple of beats.