from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something to which one can resort or retreat.
- n. A retreat.
- n. Computer Science A mechanism for carrying forth programmed instructions despite malfunction or failure of the primary device.
- n. Something that falls back: the fallback of a huge explosion.
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a resort or place of retreat: a fallback proposal; a fallback position behind our own lines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of falling back.
- n. A backup plan or contingency strategy; an alternative which can be used if something goes wrong with the main plan; a recourse.
- n. A reduction in bitumen softening point, sometimes called refluxing or overheating in a relatively closed container.
- adj. That can be resorted to as a fallback.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of falling back.
- n. Something or someone to which one resorts as an alternative to a failed resource or method.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. retreat
- v. fall backwards and down
- v. move back and away from
- v. have recourse to
- v. go back to bad behavior
- v. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
- n. to break off a military action with an enemy
"So, the fallback is to use old studies, done on dissimilar programs (human space flight and Earth/space science missions present very different challenges)"
So, the fallback is to use old studies, done on dissimilar programs (human space flight and Earth/space science missions present very different challenges) and in management environments (NASA-OMB-Congress) that were quite different than they are currently.
I was raised Catholic, so my fallback is heaven and Jesus, but, yeah, it is SO difficult to explain.
My fallback is law school: it takes less time and when you're done you make your living talking a lot without actually saying anything.
A mixed approach is possible that tries to combine elements of counter-insurgency with a long-term fallback strategy of containment is a possibility.
The default theme is sometimes called the fallback theme, because if the active theme is for some reason lost or deleted, WordPress will fallback to using the default theme.
His fallback was a nearby commercial building he hoped to one day turn into a coffee shop.
The oil industry's involvement in biofuels is best characterized as a fallback plan in case the world's governments implement aggressive climate policies or OPEC and other oil-rich nations -- where state-owned oil companies reign supreme -- further restrict foreign access to oil.
For another, gold is well-known as a fallback in times of extreme crisis -- and if central banks are selling gold, could they be leaving themselves and their national banking system wide open to an even more severe liquidity crisis?
Ducky Flash can of course be used as a fallback, which is why the Flash install base number is mentioned.