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].
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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. As she was an unselfish person, she could not fight so well in her own battle as in that of someone whom she loved and to whom she was devoted.
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.
Choton also hoped that his girls would give their best effort and play competitive football in this tournament.
Out in the field, Stef Reid won the women's ambulant long jump with a best effort of 5.43m, her second-best effort of the season after the winning 5.55m leap at the Muller Anniversary Games last week.
If your child doesn't have the abilities to be first in their class, let them know you are proud of their accomplishments because you recognize they are giving it their best effort. If they aren't giving it their best effort, try and determine why, and plot a positive approach to overcome it.