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crash
Last modified: Sunday, September 01, 1996 

(n) A serious computer failure. A computer crash means that the computer itself stops working or that a program aborts unexpectedly. A crash signifies either a hardware malfunction or a very serious software bug.

If your computer crashes, it is not your fault. If the program is good and your hardware is functioning properly, there is nothing you can do to make your system crash.

(v) To fail or break. Other terms for crash include hang and bomb.

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