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1. A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the
system, especially of magnetic disk drives (the term
originally described what happened when the air gap of a hard
disk collapses). "Three lusers lost their files in last
night's disk crash." A disk crash that involves the
read/write heads dropping onto the surface of the disks and
scraping off the oxide may also be referred to as a "head
crash", whereas the term "system crash" usually, though not
always, implies that the operating system or other software
was at fault.
2. To fail suddenly. "Has the system just crashed?"
"Something crashed the OS!" See down. Also used
transitively to indicate the cause of the crash (usually a
person or a program, or both). "Those idiots playing
SPACEWAR crashed the system."