brainstorms

brainstorm

[breyn-stawrm]
noun
1.
a.
a sudden impulse, idea, etc.
b.
a fit of mental confusion or excitement.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to brainstorming.
verb (used without object)
4.
to conduct or practice brainstorming.
verb (used with object)
5.
to subject (a problem) to brainstorming.

Origin:
1890–95; brain + storm; originally a severe mental disturbance

brainstormer, noun
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brainstorm (ˈbreɪnˌstɔːm)
 
n
1.  a severe outburst of excitement, often as the result of a transitory disturbance of cerebral activity
2.  informal (Brit) a sudden mental aberration
3.  informal another word for brainwave

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brainstorm
"brilliant idea, mental excitement, fit of mental application," 1849, from brain + figurative use of storm. As a verb, recorded from 1920s. Related: Brainstorming.
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brainstorm definition


  1. n.
    a good idea; an idea that enters one's head suddenly. : I had a sudden brainstorm and got out of bed to write it down.
  2. in.
    to try to think up good ideas, especially as a group. : Let's brainstorm on this for a little while.
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