stopgap

[ stop-gap ]
/ ˈstɒpˌgæp /

noun

something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.

adjective

makeshift: This is only a stopgap solution.

Nearby words

  1. stopcock,
  2. stope,
  3. stoper,
  4. stopes,
  5. stopes, marie carmichael,
  6. stoping,
  7. stoplight,
  8. stoplight party,
  9. stopover,
  10. stoppable

Origin of stopgap

First recorded in 1525–35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap

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British Dictionary definitions for stopgap

stopgap

/ (ˈstɒpˌɡæp) /

noun

  1. a temporary substitute for something else
  2. (as modifier)a stopgap programme
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Word Origin and History for stopgap

stopgap

1680s, from stop + gap.

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