heuristic ADJECTIVE 1) enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves. 2) Computing proceeding to a solution by trial and error or by rules that are only loosely defined.
NOUN 1) (heuristics) (usu. treated as sing. ) the study and use of heuristic techniques. 2) a heuristic process or method.
DERIVATIVES heuristically adverb.
ORIGIN from Greek heuriskein 'to find' .

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  • heuristically — heu*ris ti*cal*ly (h[ u]*r[i^]s t[i^]*kal*l[y^]), n. In a heuristic manner; by using a heuristic method; by serving as a heuristic method; as, a heuristically guided search technique; a heuristically valuable theory. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heuristically — adverb see heuristic I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • heuristically — See heuristic. * * * …   Universalium

  • heuristically — adverb /hjuˈɹɪstɪkəli/ in a heuristic manner …   Wiktionary

  • heuristically — adv. in a heuristic manner, by means of heuristic processes (investigative approach to problem solving) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • heuristically — heu·ris·ti·cal·ly …   English syllables

  • heuristically — adverb see heuristic I * * * heurisˈtically adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑heuristic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer — Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer,   HAL …   Universal-Lexikon

  • heuristic — heuristically, adv. /hyoo ris tik/ or, often, /yoo /, adj. 1. serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation. 2. encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her… …   Universalium

  • HAL 900 — Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer / series 9000 ( > Arthur C. Clarke: 2001 ) …   Acronyms

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