American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications.
- n. Slang A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.
- n. electronics engineering an improvised device, usually crudely constructed. Typically used to test the validity of a principle before doing a finished design.
- n. general any construction or practice, typically inelegant, designed to solve a problem temporarily or expediently.
- v. to build or use a kludge
- n. a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose (often used to refer to computing systems or software that has been badly put together)
- Perhaps from British military slang, possibly based on Scots word kludge or kludgie ("common toilet") or from the German klug ("clever"); possibly related to Polish and Russian klucz ("a key, a hint, a main point") (Wiktionary)
- From ironic use of earlier kluge, smart, clever, from spelling pronunciation of German kluge, from Middle High German kluc, from Middle Low German klōk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A kludge is a marginal adaptation that compensates for, but does not eliminate fundamental design inefficiencies.”
“G.W. Turner University of Adelaide As an electrical engineer involved with computers, I'm quite familiar with the word kludge [IX, 2].”
“When it reached a timeline with different physical laws, a kludge was added to make it operate there.”
“In engineering, a kludge is a workaround using unrelated parts cobbled together.”
“For one thing, a separate computer to carry out the switching functions removed the burdensome kludge a kludge is an inelegant solution to a technical problem that could result from adding those functions to the host computer.”
“A sender might agree to fix the problem with a hack or kludge “a kludge is a crock that works,” went one definition, if he had the time.”
“A kludge is a term of derision for either hardware or software that is put together awkwardly, like a "lash-up" or a "jury-rig.”
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“When they first appeared in Mathematics, their Reality was doubted, they were thought of as something of a cheat, a "kludge" to make things work out.”
“Really the term "kludge" comes to mind with Provisioning Services.”
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Bore that meets the eye.
Go Babble! Words, if you can call them that, from the world of technology and computers. I'll try to make sure each one is represented by a Wordnik example.
Odd items, old or new, that might be employed in a way not originally intended. Like using a chopstick for pinning gathered tresses atop the head.
No true synonyms, no other word will do.
Words that I come across, and go blank, or want to clarify.
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If I've seen it, heard it, or marvelled at it, I'll stick it here.
I've no idea where I got this page full of words, but whatever it is, I want to find it again. May have duplicate words from other lists.
I find these to be inherently funny.
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