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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Political scientist Cole Simmons says that the manuscript, which is in the form of two lists, shows Locke brainstorming. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Unknown John Locke Manuscript Found at a College in Maryland," 4 Sep. 2019 Planners will conduct brainstorming activities and one-on-one conversations aimed at exploring issues and gauging public sentiment. Steven Litt,, "Cleveland’s 'Vision for the Valley’ seeks answers to conflicts on land, water use along Cuyahoga River," 31 Aug. 2019 The brainstorming results from the USA TODAY Sports staff are below. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'Field of Dreams' is getting a real game. Sports world should add events at these famous sites," 8 Aug. 2019 Some companies have a serious addiction to brainstorming. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The man who gave us brainstorming meetings did his best thinking alone," 6 Aug. 2019 It was covered recently in goals and ideas tossed around in a brainstorming exercise, then numbered as priorities. Mark Pazniokas,, "Who is Josh Geballe? The former IBM executive is looking to transform Connecticut state government ahead of a wave of retirements," 5 Aug. 2019 The two-day brainstorming event, hosted by founder Peter Diamandis and opened with a keynote by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, was like a historic secret gathering filled with noted longevity scientists planning on conquering death. Zoltan Istvan, Quartz, "Rich people shouldn’t be the only ones who get to live forever," 29 July 2019 The pair began choreographing the piece in May, stringing together beginner movements and brainstorming modifications. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'I'm a human being': How Camp Riley ballet program liberates children with mobility issues," 19 July 2019 That can mean brainstorming entirely new ways to approach a story, or moving entire sections around, or cutting out those unsupported by facts., "Student journalists might just learn to love the red pen," 15 July 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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