brute force

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brute force (uncountable)

  1. A method of accomplishing something primarily by means of strength, without the use of mechanical aids or thought.
  2. (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.

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  • Not used with an article.
    We lifted the car by brute force.