Meaning – The term reset, refers to the act of causing a counter to take the state corresponding to a specified initial number. In a computer or data transmission system, a reset clears any pending errors or events and brings a system to normal condition or an initial state, usually in a controlled manner. It is usually done in response to an error condition when it is impossible or undesirable for a processing activity to proceed and all error recovery mechanisms fail.

Most computers have a reset line that brings the device into the startup state and is active for a short time after powering on.

Example of usage“The ability for an electronic device to be able to reset itself in case of error or abnormal power loss is an important aspect of embedded system design and programming. This ability can be observed with everyday electronics such as a television, audio equipment, or the electronics of a car, which are able to function as intended again even after having lost power suddenly.”