brute-force

adjective

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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of brute-force

1902, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brute-force

Share brute-force

Dictionary Entries near brute-force

brutalize

brutalness

brute

brute-force

brutely

bruteness

bruting

Statistics for brute-force

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brute-force

The first known use of brute-force was in 1902

See more words from the same year

Comments on brute-force

What made you want to look up brute-force? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!