brainstorming

[ breyn-stawr-ming ]
/ ˈbreɪnˌstɔr mɪŋ /

noun

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

First recorded in 1955–60; brainstorm + -ing1

Definition for brainstorming (2 of 2)

Origin of brainstorm

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

Related forms

brain·storm·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brainstorming (1 of 2)

brainstorming

/ (ˈbreɪnˌstɔːmɪŋ) /

noun

intensive discussion to solve problems or generate ideas

British Dictionary definitions for brainstorming (2 of 2)

brainstorm

/ (ˈbreɪnˌstɔːm) /

noun

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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