Slang A system, especially a computer system, that is constituted of poorly matched elements or of elements originally intended for other applications.(noun)
Slang A clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem.(noun)
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Use "kludge" in a sentence
"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."