- the controlling or guiding mechanism in a computer, robot, pacemaker, etc.
- the part of a computer system for coordination or guidance, as of a missile.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for brain
Origin of brain
synonym study for brain
OTHER WORDS FROM brainbrainlike, adjectivesu·per·brain, noun
Example sentences from the Web for brain
If you read the reactions, she was billed as ‘Beauty and Brains.’Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three films about British brains show the trouble of bringing otherworldly intelligence to the big screen.
Even Tony Hogue and his friend, who was a JF Images booking agent, had trouble wrapping their brains around it.
But both Lauper and the Brains kept on doing new versions over the years.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.
Rather blow out your own brains than treat with enmity those who are your liberators.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Any Frenchman having Lord Granville's brains would make a great deal more out of them in a speech.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The rich dark coloring is the pledge of your safety—better there than darkening your own brains.
The Irish, according to Everards, used large quantities of snuff "to purge their brains."
We do not blame the maniac who burns a house down and brains a policeman, nor the mad dog who bites a minor poet.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for brain
Word Origin for brain
Medical definitions for brain
Scientific definitions for brain
Cultural definitions for brain
The central organ in the nervous system, protected by the skull. The brain consists of the medulla, which sends signals from the spinal cord to the rest of the brain and also controls the autonomic nervous system; the pons, a mass of nerve fibers connected to the medulla; the cerebellum, which controls balance and coordination; and the cerebrum, the outer layer of which, the cerebral cortex, is the location of memory, sight, speech, and other higher functions.
The cerebrum contains two hemispheres (the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere), each of which controls different functions. In general, the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and such functions as spatial perception, whereas the left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and functions such as speech.
Under the cerebral cortex are the thalamus, the main relay center between the medulla and the cerebrum; and the hypothalamus, which controls blood pressure, body temperature, hunger, thirst, sex drive, and other visceral functions.
Idioms and Phrases with brain
In addition to the idioms beginning with brain
- brain drain
- brain someone
- brain trust
- beat one's brains out
- blow one's brains out
- on one's mind (the brain)
- pick someone's brains
- rack one's brains