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[ breyn-stawrm ]


    1. a sudden impulse, idea, etc.:

      Her most recent brainstorm of teaching her dog to surf wasn’t met with much enthusiasm from the dog.

    2. Chiefly British Informal. a fit of mental confusion or excitement.
  1. a session of brainstorming.


  1. of or relating to brainstorming.

verb (used without object)

  1. to conduct or practice brainstorming, a technique for generating ideas and solving specific problems with uncensored and nonlinear thinking, usually performed through group participation in a spontaneous discussion where all ideas are noted without assigning them value, and no proposal is selected or discarded until after the conclusion of the creative exercise.

verb (used with object)

  1. to generate (ideas, solutions, questions, etc.) through brainstorming.


/ ˈbreɪnˌstɔːm /


  1. a severe outburst of excitement, often as the result of a transitory disturbance of cerebral activity
  2. informal.
    a sudden mental aberration
  3. informal.
    another word for brainwave

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Word History and Origins

Origin of brainstorm1

First recorded in 1890–95; brain + storm; originally a manifestation of a serious psychiatric disorder
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Example Sentences

So, a smart way for brands to maximize their influence on TikTok is to understand the content popular within the platform and have their creative teams brainstorm content ideas.

We’ve gotten used to working from the kitchen table, and no one thinks it’s unusual to hold meetings on Zoom or to brainstorm using a Miro digital whiteboard.

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You’ll help us brainstorm topics, reach out to sources and make editorial choices about how to best frame and present the issues at hand.

Gather your team if you haven’t already, and brainstorm the opportunities for improvement that you can infer from the map.

They brainstorm new ways to turn the numbers into useful information.

Bringing comedy to the forefront, Samsung employs Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd to sit in a brainstorm meeting.

He used precious time when he could have been resting to brainstorm with Fasanella about ways to make future raids more effective.

They didn't want to brainstorm solutions and they didn't want to bale water.

She was working on the MGM production Brainstorm with Walken when she drowned over Thanksgiving weekend.

Over the next three days we'll hear stories of bravery and brainstorm solutions for change.

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

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

It's a kind of rose-colored brainstorm, but it very seldom has complications.

"And then my erstwhile associate Jimenez had a brainstorm," said Terry ruefully.

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


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