workaround

or work-a·round

[ wurk-uh-round ]
/ ˈwɜrk əˌraʊnd /
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noun

Computers. a strategy or technique used to overcome a defect or other problem in a program or system: This is a known bug in version 1.5, but a workaround is available.
any method used to overcome a technical problem, especially a problem that could prevent success: The astronauts needed a workaround to bypass the faulty cable.

Nearby words

  1. work-to-rule,
  2. work-up,
  3. workable,
  4. workaday,
  5. workaholic,
  6. workbag,
  7. workbasket,
  8. workbench,
  9. workboat,
  10. workbook

Origin of workaround

First recorded in 1970–75; work + around

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British Dictionary definitions for workaround

workaround

/ (ˈwɜːkəˌraʊnd) /

noun

a method of circumventing or overcoming a problem in a computer program or system
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Word Origin and History for workaround

workaround

n.

by 1987, from work (v.) + around.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper