Alternative forms Edit
( brute force ) uncountable A method of accomplishing something primarily by means of
strength, without the use of mechanical aids or thought.
( computer science ) A method of computation wherein all permutations of a problem are tried manually until one is found that provides a solution, in contrast to the implementation of a more intelligent algorithm.
E.g. to find the
set of all positive integers that are multiples of seven, a brute force algorithm would search through all positive integers, checking each one to see if it is a multiple of seven, whereas a more intelligent algorithm might simply multiply the set of all positive integers by seven.
Usage notes Edit
Not used with an
We lifted the car by brute force.
( brute force third-person singular simple present , brute forces present participle , brute forcing simple past and past participle ) brute forced
( transitive ) To solve (a computational problem) by brute force methods.
1960, Scott Cameron, Marshall Clinton Yovits, Self-organizing Systems: Proceedings - Page 187
"In trying to solve the problem in this simplified space, it does different things than it did when it was
brute forcing its way through the original space."
( computing ) To break password, encryption, or any other protection mechanism by brute force methods.