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brainstorm

[breyn-stawrm]
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noun
    1. a sudden impulse, idea, etc.
    2. a fit of mental confusion or excitement.
  1. brainstorming.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to brainstorming.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to conduct or practice brainstorming.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to subject (a problem) to brainstorming.
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Origin of brainstorm

1890–95; brain + storm; originally a severe mental disturbance
Related formsbrain·storm·er, noun
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  • "And then my erstwhile associate Jimenez had a brainstorm," said Terry ruefully.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • Dont worry, said Harvey, Flo probably had a brainstorm and called them already.

    Beginners Luck

    Emily Hahn

  • It may seem rude to say so, but Orangeism consists mainly of a settled hallucination and an annual brainstorm.

  • I fired up my Xbox and opened a word-processor and started to brainstorm ideas for my papers.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • It had been a brainstorm selecting only girls—and pretty young things, at that—for the Interstellar Symphony.

    World Beyond Pluto

    C. H. Thames


British Dictionary definitions for brainstorm

brainstorm

noun
  1. a severe outburst of excitement, often as the result of a transitory disturbance of cerebral activity
  2. British informal a sudden mental aberration
  3. informal another word for brainwave
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Word Origin and History for brainstorm

n.

"brilliant idea, mental excitement, fit of mental application," 1849, from brain (n.) + figurative use of storm (n.). As a verb, recorded from 1920s. Related: Brainstormed; brainstorming.

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