American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sudden clever plan or idea.
- n. A sudden, violent disturbance of the mind.
- v. To engage in or organize brainstorming.
- v. To consider or investigate (an issue, for example) by brainstorming.
- v. To think of or produce (a solution to a problem, for example) by brainstorming.
- n. US A sudden thought, particularly one that solves a long-standing problem.
- n. brainstorming
- n. UK An unexpected mental error.
- v. To investigate something, or solve a problem using brainstorming.
- v. To participate in a brainstorming session.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation; a sudden brilliant insight.
- v. to try to solve a problem by discussing it exhaustively in an intense group meeting encouraging uninhibited and spontaneous contributions from all members.
- v. try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it
- n. the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
“You must brainstorm from the beginning of a project – before you even write a word of it – through the outlining, the writing, and the final edit and polish.”
“The brainstorm is this: one could very easily use Meetup to arrange a local “Old School CD Share.””
“If I weren't set up for that and were looking for outside hosting, I'd probably go for something like Meilin Miranda's latest brainstorm, which is a co-hosting site for authors doing crowdsourced fiction: DigitalNovelists. com.”
“What you come up with in a brainstorm is a seed of an idea that needs to be cultivated to grow.”
“I wanted to brainstorm with you, however, the closest you'll ever come to a brainstorm is a light drizzle.”
“What we need in order to brainstorm is to jolt the system, force the brain to think in patterns and perceptions that it has no experience or former guidelines to use.”
“Just give me a call whenever you want to have a "brainstorm" session about space commercialization.”
“His comments came a day after he participated in a meeting at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington to "brainstorm" solutions to the oil spill.”
“He was certainly in the grip of some kind of brainstorm on that last night in the engine-house.”
“It took 7 minutes to write w/out "brainstorm" concepting beforehand. so it was just a freewrite.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘brainstorm’.
Unabashedly stolen from a comment made by courier12.
Phrases that use body parts metaphorically.
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how brain is used
An extensive list I have been working on for quite some time. Feel free to add more of the kind if you miss any.
Entries from the corporate hall of shame. (There are many wordie versions of this list - please link to yours in the comments section - thanks!)
Words that end in -storm but have nothing to do with weather. GO!
I am using Mechanical Turk to collect â€œwords of the weekâ€ from 100 different people.
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