brute-force attack

[ broot-fawrs uh-tak ]
/ ˈbrutˈfɔrs əˌtæk /


a computer hacking technique in which every possible combination of characters is tried until the sought-after password or encryption key is found: A malicious hacker may resort to a brute-force attack to gain entry to your account.

Origin of brute-force attack

First recorded in 2000–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019