Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A method or process of dealing with a problem.

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  • noun A means of overcoming some obstacle, especially an obstacle consisting of laws, regulations, or constraints.
  • noun computing A procedure or a temporary fix that bypasses a problem and allows the user to continue working until a better solution can be provided; a kluge.
  • noun project management An impromptu and temporary response to an unforeseen problem or risk.

Etymologies

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A compound of work +‎ around

Examples

  • Update: The best way to implement this workaround is as follows:

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Update: The best way to implement this workaround is as follows:

    Workaround for the Safari FOUC bug

  • A workaround is to approve people based on the higher of current or expected interest rates so they cannot borrow more than they can afford if rates are artificially low.

    2009 December | Zeeshan Hamid

  • My current workaround is to work in chapters that can stand alone if necessary.

    Brum Brum!

  • The workaround is simple enough — you just need to uninstall them and then reinstall them.

    Jailbreak the iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware for Third Party Apps | Lifehacker Australia

  • A workaround is to hide the body before the CSS files have loaded, and show the body afterwards: body {display: none;} body {display: block;}

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • A workaround is to hide the body before the CSS files have loaded, and show the body afterwards: body {display: none;} body {display: block;}

    Workaround for the Safari FOUC bug

  • The workaround is in Article 3, which states that it's ok to blind as long as that's not the purpose: "Blinding as an incidental or collateral effect of the legitimate military employment of laser systems, including laser systems used against optical equipment, is not covered by the prohibition of this Protocol."

    Boing Boing

  • The workaround is to use the “other” option and type in the http of your blog, but not everyone has that option in their comments.

    arrrrrggggghhhhh!!!!!! « Adventures in Juggling

  • One simple workaround is to buy a plain white frosted sheet cake, have the photo frosting shipped right to your door, then lay it on top of the cake yourself.

    Boing Boing: June 12, 2005 - June 18, 2005 Archives

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  • "There are only so many hours in a day, but the most common workaround for devoted readers is surprisingly uninventive."

    Source: What does it mean for a journalist today to be a Serious Reader?

    January 22, 2018