Meaning of stopgap

stop•gap

Pronunciation: (stop'gap"), [key]
— n.
  1. something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift: Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
—adj.
  1. makeshift: This is only a stopgap solution.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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