Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Exploit (computer security)
An exploit (from the English verb to exploit, meaning "using something to one’s own advantage") is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or a sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behavior to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic (usually computerized). Such behavior frequently includes things like gaining control of a computer system, allowing privilege escalation, or a denial-of-service attack.
Exploit means to take advantage of something (a person, situation, etc.) for one's own end, especially unethically or unjustifiably.
Exploit can mean:
- Exploit (computer security)
- Exploit (video gaming)
- Exploit (natural resources)
- Exploit (sociology)
- Exploit, a 2009 Adobe Flash game by Gregory Weir
- The Exploits River, the longest river on the island of Newfoundland
Exploit (video gaming)
In video games, an exploit is the use of a bug or glitches, game system, rates, hit boxes, or speed, etc. by a player to their advantage in a manner not intended by the game's designers. Exploits have been classified as a form of cheating; however, the precise determination of what is or is not considered an exploit can be controversial. This debate stems from a number of factors but typically involves the argument that the issues are part of the game and require no changes or external programs to take advantage of them.
Exploit (video game)For the general meaning of the term "exploit" in video games, see Exploit (video gaming)
Exploit is a Flash browser game by Gregory Weir. It was published in December 2008. As of October 2011, Exploit has been played over 700,000 times.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Exploit \Ex*ploit"\, n. [OE. esploit success, OF. esploit, espleit,revenue, product, vigor, force, exploit, F. exploit exploit, fr. L. explicitum, prop. p. p. neut. of explicare to unfold, display, exhibit; ex + plicare to fold. See Ply, and cf. Explicit, Explicate.]
A deed or act; especially, a heroic act; a deed of renown; an adventurous or noble achievement; as, the exploits of Alexander the Great.
Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.
Combat; war. [Obs.]
He made haste to exploit some warlike service.
2. [F. exploiter.] To utilize; to make available; to get the value or usefulness out of; as, to exploit a mine or agricultural lands; to exploit public opinion. [Recent]
Hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate on; to put upon. [Recent]
In no sense whatever does a man who accumulates a fortune by legitimate industry exploit his employ['e]s or make his capital ``out of'' anybody else.
--W. G. Sumner.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "outcome of an action," from Old French esploit "a carrying out; achievement, result; gain, advantage" (12c., Modern French exploit), a very common word, used in senses of "action, deed, profit, achievement," from Latin explicitum "a thing settled, ended, or displayed," noun use of neuter of explicitus, past participle of explicare "unfold, unroll, disentangle" (see explicit).\n
\nMeaning "feat, achievement" is c.1400. Sense evolution is from "unfolding" to "bringing out" to "having advantage" to "achievement." Related: Exploits.
c.1400, espleiten, esploiten "to accomplish, achieve, fulfill," from Old French esploitier, espleiter "carry out, perform, accomplish," from esploit (see exploit (n.)). The sense of "use selfishly" first recorded 1838, from a sense development in French perhaps from use of the word with reference to mines, etc. (compare exploitation). Related: Exploited; exploiting.
v. use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy" [syn: work]
draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely" [syn: tap]
work excessively hard; "he is exploiting the students" [syn: overwork]
n. 1 A heroic or extraordinary deed. 2 An achievement. 3 (context computing English) A program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software. vb. (context transitive English) To use for one’s own advantage.
Usage examples of "exploit".
An influx of gangsters looking to exploit Prohibition became affiliated with the Purples.
The young man told him the various antipathy stories, about the evil-eye hypothesis, about his horse-taming exploits, his rescuing the student whose boat was overturned, and every occurrence he could recall which would help out the effect of his narrative.
Even the Chinese antipodists seemed to realize the importance of this occasion, and did upside-down exploits more impossible-seeming than any they had ever done before.
He applied his beguiling enticements with the crafty art of a true philanderer and boldly advanced his exploits with unmitigated verve.
If we want to make more than just small quantities of borosilicate laboratory glassware, we will want to exploit nearer sources.
Miss Baker-Sneed was not only a forward woman willing to brangle over a few guineas, but she had a rare talent for ascertaining value, and the wit to exploit that ability.
Storytelling, Brewster soon discovered, was by far the most popular form of entertainment, and most of these stories were built around the actual experiences and exploits of the storyteller, usually embellished considerably for dramatic effect.
Such was the demand for his Vitebsk theme, and the ruthlessness with which Chagall exploited it, that critics accused him of merchandizing his own exotica as art.
But it would be a crass mistake to dismiss him as merely a lightweight, recklessly exploiting the financial crisis for short-term advantage.
This incrimination by association was to be a standard tool of opposition groups exploiting the public need for villains on whom whatever disaster was in the offing could be blamed.
Republic, upon the ruins of the predatory monarchy of their exploiting and land-monopolizing rulers.
He already thinks I wrote that vulgar grotesque perversion he saw up there on the screen now when he reads this, if he had any doubts and he reads this where they say I wrote the original script for this spectacularly successful motion picture exploiting madness in the family did you see that?
Father got up and walked out after that great battle scene when that ghostly spectre appeared standing there brooding over those two corpses in the Bloody Lane that was supposed to be Grandfather and when I said maybe that was why Father was upset with me for exploiting the family and Grandfather if he thought I wrote the script like it said in the newspaper and I asked him to read my last act he said he.
But the internal tension created by petty-stateism was generating a centrifugal tendency within the European Empire, and extra-European forces were exploiting this tendency.
He would be first and foremost a human predator, a born manipulator who would get by in life by exploiting people and systems.