brainstorming

noun
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 There’s nothing more electrifying than a brainstorming session with teenagers. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Are 2020 seniors heroes?," 21 Apr. 2020 So Looze and his staff held a brainstorming session this past week, thinking about exercises that can be done on land. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "Facing a lack of pools, IU swimmers make due," 5 Apr. 2020 In her new book, Nolan offers opportunities for brainstorming and inspiration, and advice grounded in nitty-gritty realities. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘Gardening Your Front Yard’ book expands home farms to porches, patches of lawns," 15 Apr. 2020 Suddenly, those brainstorming sessions became a lot less theoretical. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Doping Tests Go Virtual. Is It Temporary or a Glimpse of the Future?," 15 Apr. 2020 This week’s contest was suggested by Ward Kay in a Style Invitational Devotees brainstorming session. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1377: Make your own March Madness," 26 Mar. 2020 Instigate brainstorming sessions with willing colleagues. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 20 Mar. 2020 The Ventilator Project’s three hundred and fifty volunteers do most of their brainstorming on the chat app Slack. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, "The MacGyvers Taking on the Ventilator Shortage," 27 Mar. 2020 During its first brainstorming session, the group came up with the idea for a hotter, juicier burger, Jasper said. CNN, "It took three years, but here's how she got 14,000 McDonald's stores to switch to fresh beef," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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5 May 2020

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“Brainstorming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brainstorming. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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