from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a usually speculative formulation serving as a guide in the investigation or solution of a problem: "The historian discovers the past by the judicious use of such a heuristic device as the 'ideal type'” ( Karl J. Weintraub).
- adj. Of or constituting an educational method in which learning takes place through discoveries that result from investigations made by the student.
- adj. Computer Science Relating to or using a problem-solving technique in which the most appropriate solution of several found by alternative methods is selected at successive stages of a program for use in the next step of the program.
- n. A heuristic method or process.
- n. The study and application of heuristic methods and processes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.
- adj. that solves a problem more quickly but is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution.
- n. A heuristic method.
- n. The art of applying heuristic methods.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to promote discovery or learning; -- used especially of thories or paradigms which stimulate new ideas for discovering facts in experimental sciences.
- adj. Serving to stimulate people to learn and discover on their own, especially by encouraging experimental and trial-and-error methods for solving problems.
- adj. Pertaining to or based on trial-and-error and experimental methods of learning and evaluation.
- adj. Based on the use of an efficient trial-and error method to search a space of possible solutions to a problem, or to find an acceptable approximate solution, when an exact algorithmic method is unavailable or too time-consuming.
- n. A heuristic method; a specific heuristic procedure.
- n. A theory or approach which serves to promote discovery or learning by encouraging experimentation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to find or discover.
- n. Same as heuretic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or using a general formulation that serves to guide investigation
- n. a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem
From Greek heuriskein, to find.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Irregular formation from Ancient Greek εὑρίσκω (euriskō, "I find, discover"). (Wiktionary)