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

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Recent Examples on the Web Brian Stegall, who leads a 25-person design team at Square, tells Quartz that the flowchart function and the interactive brainstorming features have been crowd pleasers. Anne Quito, Quartz, 27 May 2021 Goodwin credited cross-functional brainstorming and grooming associate input in the adoption of field service software to meet these needs. Noah Barsky, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The chef and her team mused and strategized during late-night brainstorming sessions. Dallas News, 26 May 2021 In the two-man brainstorming sessions, Peggs and Musk would visualize the business at scale. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 24 May 2021 What was supposed to be a one-hour meet-up turned into a three-hour brainstorming session, not just on how to grieve but on how to make a difference in the lives of others. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2021 The energy picks up in the evening, and even becomes inspiring, when the Moon sextiles innovative Uranus at 8:35 pm EDT, bringing on a late brainstorming session. Tarot Astrologers,, 15 May 2021 Indeed, the workshop has added a new dimension to the agency’s brainstorming sessions, says DiMassimo. Anne Quito, Quartz, 6 May 2021 In some cases, artists needed a quick brainstorming session to figure out ways to approach the request. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of brainstorming

1907, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Brainstorming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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