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brainstorm

noun brain·storm \ ˈbrān-ˌstȯrm \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of brainstorm

plural brainstorms
1 dated : a violent transient fit of insanity
2 a : a sudden bright idea
b : a harebrained idea

Examples of brainstorm in a Sentence

  1. I'm sorry—I must have been having a brainstorm when I wrote that.

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First Known Use of brainstorm

circa 1861


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brainstorm

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of brainstorm

brainstormed; brainstorming
: to try to solve a problem or come up with new ideas by having a discussion that includes all members of a group : to discuss a problem or issue and suggest solutions and ideas
  • Students from Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and New York were invited to the Cambridge campus to brainstorm with MIT students on the marriage of couture and computer.
  • —Elizabeth Thrasher
  • Engineers are only beginning to brainstorm possible reasons that Polar Lander might have kept silent.
  • —Sharon Begley
— see also brainstorming

brainstormer

noun, plural brainstormers
    • In fact, the speakers joined the attendees as collaborative brainstormers in an exercise to find solutions to some truly global problems…
    • —Amy Schrier

brainstorming

noun
    • … he's already done some brainstorming about new marketing strategies.
    • —George Lazarus
    • conducted several brainstorming sessions

Recent Examples of brainstorm from the Web

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First Known Use of brainstorm

1945


BRAINSTORM Defined for Kids

brainstorm

noun brain·storm \ ˈbrān-ˌstȯrm \

Definition of brainstorm for Students

: a sudden inspiration or idea


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