brain·​storm·​ing | \ˈbrān-ˌstȯr-miŋ \

Definition of brainstorming 

: a group problem-solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of the group also : the mulling over of ideas by one or more individuals in an attempt to devise or find a solution to a problem — see also brainstorm entry 2

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Nécessaire, the duo’s five-piece unisex line launching this month, is the fruit of all their brainstorming. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "This New Sex Positive Body Care Line Will Revolutionize Your Bathroom—And Your Bedroom," 15 Nov. 2018 Apart from brainstorming sessions with Joanna, which made up most of his airtime, there were also tons of fun scenes with the couple, and even a few big fails on Clint's end. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Clint Harp Reveals His Favorite 'Fixer Upper' Moments That Didn't Make It on the Show," 6 Oct. 2018 Just that all-day brainstorming session alone was stunning. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Full Frontal’ host Samantha Bee on Recode Decode," 1 Oct. 2018 The looseness of the hierarchy leads to spontaneous brainstorming sessions in those common areas. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 The Hadleys expressed their concerns to fellow church members and started brainstorming. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "'That is a start': Indiana church collects semi-automatic weapons, bump stocks to be melted," 16 Apr. 2018 The new location will offer more space, more merchandise and provide more room for romantics to practice bending down on one knee or brainstorming ways to propose. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lyle Husar Designs celebrates 50 years and announces new location, name in Brookfield," 16 May 2018 How design can help: Sonically diverse environments—private phone booths, outdoor gardens and acoustically buffered spaces for activities like brainstorming and team-building exercises—keep noise away from traditional desk setups. John Medina And, WSJ, "How Neuroscience Is Optimizing the Office," 1 May 2018 Join other concerned community members in brainstorming ways to answer this problem. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Hockey for a cause, Alaska Hip Hop & R&B Music Awards and a women’s cycling social," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of brainstorming

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brainstorming was in 1907

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