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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At least 10 winners are picked each time and invited to set up shop in the Global Center for Health Innovation for tutoring and brainstorming over several weeks. Rich Exner,, "Find Cuyahoga County home sales, other property transfers for February," 6 Mar. 2018 Because Thompson was still out in Los Angeles before arriving in the Bay Area to shoot, most of the brainstorming had to go down over the phone, via text, or by email. Samantha Sasso,, "Tessa Thompson's Rainbow Hair Is The Real Star Of Sorry To Bother You," 12 June 2018 The hope is that such an approach would encourage a more collaborative — and equitable — style of financial brainstorming. New York Times, "Fidelity, Bruised From Crises, Searches for Life After Mutual Funds," 27 May 2018 The agenda included brainstorming on game-day skits or antics. Mike Reader, charlotteobserver, "‘You’re the best.’ The Panthers’ Sir Purr and his video really are, vote NFL mascots.," 13 July 2018 So after more brainstorming, Jane offered to use her triple-A membership to get the tow. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: Wine, cheese, puppies and a tow truck," 9 June 2018 After some brainstorming, the ideas started to come together. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Whitefish Bay students win first prize in C-SPAN competition," 13 Apr. 2018 The three Patriots spent a week brainstorming questions about mass incarceration, the juvenile system, immigration and police-community relations. Jenny Vrentas,, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 The other is coming up with ideas with a group of magicians, brainstorming. Lauren Daley,, "David Blaine takes a licking and keeps on tricking," 27 June 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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