from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an improvised device, usually crudely constructed. Typically used to test the validity of a principle before doing a finished design.
- n. any construction or practice, typically inelegant, designed to solve a problem temporarily or expediently.
- v. to build or use a kludge
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
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."
Should I have costly gender reassignment surgery, or simply stick with my OEM equipment and work out some sort of inexpensive "kludge"?
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.