think tank noun
: an organization that consists of a group of people who think of new ideas on a particular subject or who give advice about what should be done
: an institute, corporation, or group organized for interdisciplinary research (as in technological and social problems) —called also think factory
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Rhymes with THINK TANK
, drop tank
, eye bank
, flag rank
, land bank
, state bank
, West Bank
think tank noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Institute, corporation, or group organized for interdisciplinary research, usually conducted for governmental and commercial clients. Projects for government clients often involve social policy planning and national defense. Commercial projects include developing and testing new technologies and new products. Funding sources include endowments, contracts, private donations, and sales of reports. See also RAND Corp.
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