Brute Force

Brute force may refer to any of several problem-solving methods involving the evaluation of multiple (or every) possible answer(s) for fitness. The term has also been used as a stage name, book title, etc.

In mathematics:

  • A problem solving technique where a series of possible answers are worked out and each possibility is tested for accuracy. This technique is particularly useful on multiple choice problems.
  • A problem solving technique using workaround methods such as scale diagrams instead of conventional algebra.
  • Proof by exhaustion or brute force method, a method of mathematical proof

Non-mathematical problem-solving methods:

  • Brute-force search, a trivial computer problem-solving technique
  • Brute-force attack, a method of defeating a cryptographic scheme by trying a large number of possibilities


Media and entertainment:

  • Brute Force (musician), the stage name of Stephen Friedland
  • Brute Force (book), a controversial work by historian John Ellis
  • Brute Force (1914 film), starring Harry Carey
  • Brute Force (1947 film), starring Burt Lancaster
  • Brute Force (video game), a video game
  • Brute Force (comics), Simon Furman’s comic about super-intelligent cyborg animals saving the environment

Famous quotes containing the words brute and/or force:

    The earth had a single light afar,
    A flickering, human pathetic light,
    That was maintained against the night,
    It seemed to me, by the people there,
    With a Godforsaken brute despair.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    While I shall not vote for the prohibition amendment, I would like to see a good, wholesome expression of temperance sentiment.... Personally I do not resort to force—not even the force of law—to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example—of fashion.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)