Definition of brute-force

: relying on or achieved through the application of force, effort, or power in usually large amounts instead of more efficient, carefully planned, or precisely directed methods … in fighting cancer they will substitute precisely targeted “magic bullets” for the present brute-force and often risky techniques of radiation and chemical therapy.— Gene Bylinsky, Fortune, 27 Apr. 1987 Until now, the only way to gain faster performance has been to spin the disk faster. This brute-force approach, however, is limited.— S. Jae Yang et al., PC Magazine, 1 Sept. 1998

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First Known Use of brute-force

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Brute-force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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