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Drop Outs

/dräp au̇ts/

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.

See glitch, fried.