best effort


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best effort

(networking)
A classification of low priority network traffic, used especially the Internet.

Different kinds of traffic have different priorities. Videoconferencing and other types of real-time communication, for example, require a certain minimum guaranteed bandwidth and latency and so must be given a high priority. Electronic mail, on the other hand, can tolerate an arbitrarily long delay and is classified as a "best-effort" service.

[Scientific American, Nov. 1994, pp. 83-84].
References in classic literature ?
And so it was with the utmost confidence that I laid hold of the huge iron rim; but though I threw every ounce of my strength into it, my best effort was as unavailing as Perry's had been--the thing would not budge--the grim, insensate, horrible thing that was holding us upon the straight road to death!
I once heard a pirate swear, but his best efforts would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's masterful and scientific imprecations.
To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery: we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required.
She felt that the contest was unequal--that she was unable to put forth her best efforts.
So I am content to tell my simple story, without trying to make things seem better than they were; dreading nothing, indeed, but falsity, which, in spite of one's best efforts, there is reason to dread.
The emperor told me that the building of this great empire and the spreading of enlightenment among its diversified and savage peoples had required all the best efforts of nearly two hundred years.
In spite of their best efforts, however, the dinner was a languishing affair.
The inutility of her best efforts, however, palsied the poor old gentlewoman.
This floor was half an inch deep with blood, in spite of the best efforts of men who kept shoveling it through holes; it must have made the floor slippery, but no one could have guessed this by watching the men at work.
Burton's best effort was a 25-yard shot from Adam McGurk, which was tipped over by John Sullivan.
Despite a 2lb rise for his Newcastle second to the easy winner Amanda Carter, JAMIESON GOLD produced his best effort for his current yard and, provided he can build on it, there is a race to be won with him.
More importantly, we explained that we expected them to put forth their best effort.