Definition of workalike in English:

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workalike

Pronunciation: /ˈwərkəˌlīk/

noun

Computing
1A computer that is able to use the software of another specified machine without special modification.
Example sentences
  • Once the BIOS was cracked, anyone could manufacture an IBM-PC workalike.
  • Similarly, TeleVideo launched an IBM workalike last year but found few buyers.
1.1A piece of software identical in function to another software package.
Example sentences
  • Windows workalikes for the Linux software I use daily, all of which came with Mandrake 8.0 in the ‘Powerpack’ box that cost $65, would run well over $1,000.
  • However, there are many useful routines in the kernel that give you functionality similar to library routines, including workalikes for most of the str family of functions from the C library.
  • Linux, the GPL workalike, needed equivalent extension workalikes for itself - Lesstif, for instance.

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Syllabification: work·a·like

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