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Definition of special-case

special-case

verb - transitive

  • in computing, to solve a problem or a bug by detecting for and addressing the specific circumstances that lead to it, rather than writing a more general solution.
    We're so close to shipping the software that I'm going to have to special-case this bug.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 15 2011.

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