A kernel panic is a type of error that occurs when the core (kernel) of an operating system receives an instruction in an unexpected format, or that it fails to handle properly. A kernel panic may also follow when the operating system is not able to recover from a different type of error. A kernel panic can be caused by damaged or incompatible software or, more rarely, damaged or incompatible hardware.
Dude, my laptop sucks... it suddenly developed a kernel panic about 15 seconds after boot-up.
by jheath April 28, 2004
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Diarrhoea (or diarrhea, depending on your linguistic preference). Contrast with core dump, which is solid.
"Uhh, that was exhausting."
"Core dump?"
"Nope, kernel panic."
by varn_ix July 17, 2008
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The emotional distress and sticker shock experienced when purchasing popcorn, especially at movie theaters.
While purchasing a medium tub of popcorn at his local movie theater, Bart was so surprised at the $7.00 price tag that he had a total kernel panic.
by Nicholas Arnold July 14, 2008
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