from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking refinement or polish; not elegant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not elegant; not exhibiting neatness, refinement, or precision.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not elegant; deficient in beauty, polish, refinement, grave, or ornament; wanting in anything which correct taste requires.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not elegant; ungraceful; unrefined; deficient in any quality required by correct taste.
- Synonyms Ungraceful, homely, plain, clumsy, ungainly, rough, awkward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
I can understand what's being attempted with "93990" by George Saunders and the fact that it's inelegant is intentional with its mimicry of scientific papers.
Another situation, of many, that might result in inelegant design might be a a situation in which engineers are asked to make a quick fix to avert a catastrophe (ie an extinction?, recovery from an asteroid strike?), and then not being given time or resources to come up with a better solution after the crisisis is past.
"If we can figure out how to build multiple layers of cells, then we’re one step closer to creating an organ, and the ability to make functioning tissue — even in inelegant little lumps would still be useful."
RICHARDSON: I was called inelegant recently, maybe that's adequate.
He arose in the seat, applied his thumb to his nose, and vigorously and vivaciously waggled his outspread fingers at Cleggett in a gesture, derisive and inelegant, that is older than the pyramids.
I started scribbling - and noticed others doing the same -- a few times when Pawlenty veered into what you might call inelegant turns of phrase.
He compares "inelegant" men to decimals as though being gauche makes them less than whole, "not quite zeros and not altogether numerals."
The profile speaks here and there of Roberts '"inelegant" style.
That any plug-in is kind of inelegant and the wrong way to be going about this.
There has been some division in the minority community over the impact of network?? neutrality -- Copps calls that an "inelegant" term -- on the digital divide.