drop-outs: 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 (one cause of such behavior 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.

A really serious case of drop-outs.

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