brain·​storm·​ing | \ ˈbrān-ˌstȯr-miŋ How to pronounce brainstorming (audio) \
plural brainstormings

Definition of brainstorming

: a group problem-solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of the group conducted several brainstorming sessions also : the mulling over of ideas by one or more individuals in an attempt to devise or find a solution to a problem … he's already done some brainstorming about new marketing strategies. — George Lazarus

Examples of brainstorming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, artists needed a quick brainstorming session to figure out ways to approach the request. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Comic strip artists band together for a silly and good cause," 5 May 2021 Talla began perhaps the shortest brainstorming session in modern horse-naming history. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Grape-growing Del Mar board member Kosta Hronis relishes Kentucky Derby contender," 29 Apr. 2021 Now that the master plan for South Dallas’ Fair Park has been approved, the nonprofit managing the historic landmark and its design partners are hosting a series of public brainstorming sessions. Dallas News, "Historic symbols, farmer’s market among ideas pitched for Fair Park’s future facelift," 28 Apr. 2021 Even remote brainstorming sessions can help get the ball rolling on what keeps your team excited and thriving into the future. Rhett Power, Forbes, "5 Tips For Helping Your Team Find Motivation In Post COVID 2021," 9 Apr. 2021 After the brainstorming is done, ideas can be rated, prioritized, and eliminated. Andrea Hill, Forbes, "Bias Interruptus: How To Go Beyond Just Talking About Being An Ally," 18 Apr. 2021 The conversation, meant to be the first of many brainstorming sessions, became Ms. Woolever’s only blueprint. New York Times, "How Do You Write an Anthony Bourdain Book Without Anthony Bourdain?," 13 Apr. 2021 In the early days, the company’s weekly brainstorming sessions took place in a conference room with Wood on her feet in the middle and her analysts surrounding her, according to a Forbes article in 2014. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Cathie Wood mentor Arthur Laffer says the ARK CEO’s horizon has always been ‘forever’," 30 Mar. 2021 The bill was the product of several weeks of hard work, brainstorming and negotiations on both sides that stretched into the weekend in preparation for Monday's special session. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Compromise produced COVID aid deal," 15 Dec. 2020

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Brainstorming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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