- 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.
Origin of workaround
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Examples from the Web for workaround
One workaround is for EMR software to include pre-programmed template notes.The Unintended Consequences of Electronic Medical Records, Continued
January 25, 2013
Your union workers and their rep may be willing to workaround these things for you, but it is a favor, not a right you have.Should Teachers Be Graded On Standardized Tests?
September 12, 2012
Faced with a roadblock, Google last year came up with a workaround.Google Attempts to Take Down Facebook With ‘Search Plus Your World’ Feature
January 12, 2012
- a method of circumventing or overcoming a problem in a computer program or system
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Word Origin and History for workaround
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