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exhaustive search

any search process in which every item of a set is checked before a decision is made about the presence or absence of a target item. This may be a search for particular items in memory, a visual search, or any problem-solving exercise that involves choosing the best path to a solution from a number of alternative paths. Compare self-terminating search. See also algorithm; heuristic search.

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March 3rd 2024

nervous breakdown

nervous breakdown

a lay term for an emotional illness or other mental disorder that has a sudden onset, produces acute distress, and significantly interferes with one’s functioning. Also called nervous prostration.