[syn: overwork, exploit]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. 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]
3. 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the
book was her finest effort" [syn: feat, effort,
v 1: 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: exploit, work]
2: draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources
we are given wisely" [syn: exploit, tap]
3: work excessively hard; "he is exploiting the students" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
111 Moby Thesaurus words for "exploit":
abuse, accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta,
action, adventure, apply, aristeia, attainment, beguile,
benefit from, bestow, bleed, bleed white, blow, bold stroke,
capitalize on, cash in on, clip, coup, cultivate, dealings, deed,
do, doing, doings, drain, effort, employ, emprise, endeavor,
enterprise, exercise, fait accompli, feat, finesse, fleece, gest,
go, gouge, hand, handiwork, handle, heroic act, hold up, ill-use,
impose, impose upon, improve, improve the occasion, job, jockey,
make capital of, make hay, make use of, maneuver, manipulate,
measure, milk, misuse, move, operation, overcharge, overprice,
overt act, overtax, passage, performance, play, play on,
presume upon, proceeding, production, profit by, profiteer,
put to advantage, res gestae, screw, skin, soak, step, stick,
sting, stroke, stunt, suck dry, surcharge, swindle,
take advantage of, thing, thing done, tour de force, trade on,
transaction, turn, turn to account, turn to profit, turn to use,
undertaking, use, use ill, use to advantage, utilize, venture,
victimize, work, work on, work upon, works
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
[originally cracker slang]
1. A vulnerability in software that can be used for breaking security or
otherwise attacking an Internet host over the network. The Ping O' Death
is a famous exploit.
2. More grammatically, a program that exploits an exploit in sense 1.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A security vulnerability or an instance of taking
advantage of a security vulnerability.
"[...] hackers say exploit. sysadmins say hole"
-- Mike Emke (http://emke.com/).