- a conference technique of solving specific problems, amassing information, stimulating creative thinking, developing new ideas, etc., by unrestrained and spontaneous participation in discussion.
Origin of brainstorming
- a sudden impulse, idea, etc.
- a fit of mental confusion or excitement.
- of or relating to brainstorming.
- to conduct or practice brainstorming.
- to subject (a problem) to brainstorming.
Origin of brainstorm
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Rodenhouse typed “sensor-embedded nails” into a shared document while they were brainstorming.Nail Polish Is the Next Wearable Tech
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There are the Hooli brainstorming sessions conducted atop a seven-person conference bike (a la Google).Mike Judge’s Genius Satire ‘Silicon Valley’ Skewers Tech Titans
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And they were responsive, and that only bolstered my brainstorming sessions, so the next time I came in with more ideas.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
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Brainstorming, developing, and commercializing new ideas is vital for the American economy, and for our society at large.Is America Out of Ideas?
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While brainstorming, they realized each had spent a good chunk of time photographing and videoing street artists.So You Think You Can Busk: a Road Trip Search for the Best European Street Artists
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Officially, this was a “brainstorming session,” but everyone knew that it was all about getting the nod from Sammy.Makers
- intensive discussion to solve problems or generate ideas
- a severe outburst of excitement, often as the result of a transitory disturbance of cerebral activity
- British informal a sudden mental aberration
- informal another word for brainwave
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Word Origin and History for brainstorming
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