▪ I. brain·storm [brainstorm brainstorms brainstormed brainstorming] BrE [ˈbreɪnstɔːm] NAmE [ˈbreɪnstɔːrm] noun singular
1. (BrE) a sudden inability to think clearly which causes unusual behaviour
• She had a brainstorm in the exam and didn't answer a single question.
2. (NAmE) = brainwave▪ II. brain·storm [brainstorm brainstorms brainstormed brainstorming] BrE [ˈbreɪnstɔːm] ; NAmE [ˈbreɪnstɔːrm] verb transitive, intransitive
• ~ (sth) Brainstorm as many ideas as possible.
Main entry: brainstormingderived
the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
Syn: insight, brainwave
try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation; a sudden brilliant insight.|
|v. t. & i.||1.||to try to solve a problem by discussing it exhaustively in an intense group meeting encouraging uninhibited and spontaneous contributions from all members.|
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