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

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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More To meet the Legislature’s ambitious goal for 2020, the state Office of Homeless Youth held brainstorming sessions last fall. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019 That job morphed into a larger role as Mr. Nelson began writing songs with Mr. Cooper at his Los Angeles home and brainstorming tracks with Lady Gaga, who plays the breakthrough singer in the film. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Hired for ‘A Star Is Born,’ Lukas Nelson Ascends, Too," 3 Oct. 2018 This is why community members take part in brainstorming meetings, ultimately deciding the themes for the group’s pieces, and many of them, particularly youth and elders, participate in painting the walls. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 There were brainstorming meetings, and outreach to businesses and local media, and city and county officials. Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, "Climate-change expert shows how to slay carbon bigfoot," 8 Jan. 2018 Instead, Rockefeller and co-founder Andy Kratz have turned to the romance of travel for inspiration, sifting through 1980s back issues of National Geographic during their brainstorming process. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 2018 Your way of thinking adds a new dimension to the brainstorming process., "Horoscope," 20 June 2018 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

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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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