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The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

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. [73-05-20] A really serious case of drop-outs.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

drop-outs 1. A variety of "power glitch" (see glitch); momentary zero voltage on the electrical mains. 2. Missing characters in typed input due to software malfunction or system overload (one cause of such behaviour 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. [Jargon File] (2001-02-22)