a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties.
any cause of trouble, difficulties, etc., especially in a mechanical, electrical, computer, or other system: A loose wire was the gremlin that blew out the lights.
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How to use gremlin in a sentence
Whatever psychological gremlin gave birth to Snow’s split vision of science and the humanities, the novelist and scientist saw them as equals.Who Said Science and Art Were Two Cultures? - Issue 108: Change | Kevin Berger | November 17, 2021 | Nautilus
One of those Gremlins latched onto and was loaded inside the C-130.Watch a C-130 cargo plane grab a drone out of the sky | Kelsey D. Atherton | November 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
With Gremlins able to land on airborne carriers, like C-130 transport planes, the ability to take on new weapons could keep those same drones fighting for longer.DARPA’s Gremlin drones could be reloaded while airborne | Rob Verger | June 16, 2021 | Popular-Science
It was the kind that gets louder with every glare, like you’re feeding a gremlin and making the nuisance more powerful.You Should Absolutely Go Back to the Movies. I Did. And Cried. (A Lot.) | Kevin Fallon | May 28, 2021 | The Daily Beast
In the game, characters try to avoid things like stress monsters and gremlins, which is a humorous take on the anxieties of 2020.This Week in Apps: Apple bans party app, China loses 39K iOS games, TikTok births a ‘Ratatousical’ | Sarah Perez | January 2, 2021 | TechCrunch
You can put mag wheels on a gremlin,” commented one long time Michigan observer, “but that doesn't make it a Mustang.
“You can put mag wheels on a gremlin,” comments one long-time Michigan observer.Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class | Joel Kotkin | March 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Whatever the gremlin was, it wasn't exactly an auspicious start for a fifty million-mile hop.Deepfreeze | Robert Donald Locke
British Dictionary definitions for gremlin
an imaginary imp jokingly said to be responsible for malfunctions in machinery
any mischievous troublemaker
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