- The definition of makeshift is something that is improvised or serving as a substitute.
If your window is broken and you stick a piece of Plexiglass up as a temporary solution, this is an example of a makeshift window.
makeshift definition by Webster's New World
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a thing that will do for a while as a substitute; temporary expedient
that will do for a while as a substitute
makeshift definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A temporary or expedient substitute for something else.adjective
Suitable as a temporary or expedient substitute: used a rock as a makeshift hammer.