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breadth-first search

breadth-first search in Technology
algorithm
A graph search algorithm which tries all one-step extensions of current paths before trying larger extensions. This requires all current paths to be kept in memory simultaneously, or at least their end points.
Opposite of depth-first search. See also best first search.
(1996-01-05)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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