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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The first of a series of public brainstorming sessions and outreach events was held at the Rondo Library on June 27. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "In St. Paul, a look at rules and regulations that need to go away," 7 July 2019 This is a good day to hold brainstorming sessions and discuss creative concepts. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 1, 2019: Leo, healthy skepticism could serve you well; Gemini, blend in with people of similar backgrounds," 1 July 2019 Finding the appropriate solution or path might take a talk or brainstorming session with several more-experienced people., "Horoscope," 24 June 2019 At a brainstorming session earlier this year, Bamboo had more ideas than time. Matt Day,, "Alexa in the classroom? Amazon’s voice assistant leads kids’ story time," 14 June 2019 At a brainstorming session earlier this year, Bamboo had more ideas than time. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alexa in the classroom? Amazon’s voice assistant leads kids’ story time," 14 June 2019 Tonight: Have a brainstorming session with a family member., "Horoscope," 12 June 2019 Learn to harness your curiosity during brainstorming sessions with some of today’s tech changemakers. National Geographic, "High School Technology and Innovation Workshop in the Silicon Valley," 12 June 2019 In a brainstorming session, one team member suggested building a track on the outside of the International Space Station for a drone to use to make repairs. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "North Oaks eighth graders’ project could help astronauts do laundry in space," 3 June 2019

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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