The mode a program, piece of hardware, or other system is said to be in when it is still running and perhaps reacting to input and/or occasionally producing output (especially if it shouldn’t), but in a way that appears wildly inappropriate to the task it is supposed to perform.
Compare “off the trolley” and “deep space”.
[muhm-buh l-tee-peg] /ˈmʌm bəl tiˌpɛg/ noun 1. a children’s game played with a pocketknife, the object being to cause the blade to stick in the ground or a wooden surface by flipping the knife in a number of prescribed ways or from a number of prescribed positions. /ˈmʌmbəltɪˌpɛɡ/ noun 1. (US) a game in which […]
[muhl-ti-prawngd, -prongd] /ˌmʌl tɪˈprɔŋd, -ˈprɒŋd/ adjective 1. having or composed of several : a multipronged electric plug. 2. of, relating to, or made by several separate forces or elements or from several directions or points of view: a multipronged assault on the enemy.
[muhl-tee-proh-gram-ing, -gruh-ming, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈproʊ græm ɪŋ, -grə mɪŋ, ˌmʌl taɪ-/ noun, Computers. 1. the overlapped or interleaved execution of two or more by a single CPU. /ˌmʌltɪˈprəʊɡræmɪŋ/ noun 1. a time-sharing technique by which several computer programs are each run for a short period in rotation multitasking
[prod-uh kt, -uhkt] /ˈprɒd əkt, -ʌkt/ noun 1. a thing produced by labor: products of farm and factory; the product of his thought. 2. a person or thing produced by or resulting from a process, as a natural, social, or historical one; result: He is a product of his time. 3. the totality of goods […]