Share this entry

Share this page

workalike

Syllabification: work·a·like
Pronunciation: /ˈwərkəˌlīk
 
/

Definition of workalike in English:

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.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing