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Absolutely! The second definition of symptom (from m-w.com) reads:
--something that indicates the existence of something else
Sounds like a perfectly fine term to use.
Elizabeth J. Allen
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein
Milan Davidovic said:
> When humans are sick, we can say they display
> *symptoms*. When machines are "sick", they display
> I'm reading some text about a device performing a
> self-test. As the device performs each step of the
> self test, the operator is supposed to watch for
> particular problems. For example, one of the steps is
> that the screen lights up completely. The "symptom" to
> watch for is dark spots or lines.
> Would you use the word "symptom" in this instance?
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