Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Intellectual activity, especially as an aspect of a person's profession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Work done with the brain; mental effort.

Etymologies

brain +‎ work (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nor is this remarkable, for persons who are occupied with what is called "brainwork," are peculiarly sensitive to the disturbances of the streets.

    Lost Leaders

  • For the homeschooling family, continuing the quiet time will reinforce naps for the little ones (if there are any) and may allow older children to accomplish the heavier "brainwork" of school, or just give them some "down time" after a busy morning.

    Making Home

  • Sure, you can get around the irritating sync-issue, but doing so requires a degree of faff and brainwork, like solving the famous logic problem about ferrying a load of foxes and chickens across a river without it all ending in feathers and death.

    I don't hate Macs, but they do give me a syncing feeling | Charlie Brooker

  • The whole idea of an office smacks of a transposition of the "factory" model to brainwork!

    Ending Dunder Mifflin: A 21st-Century Way To Save America $250 Billion A Year

  • Just a quick one to add to all this great discussion: If I hear the words “all this thinking is making me tired” then I get a sense I have succeeded as a facilitator of opportunities for brainwork during language production activities.

    C is for Communicative « An A-Z of ELT

  • It's a sport where you don't have to be a seven-footer or 300-pounder to excel, (Lionel Messi, the best player in the world is 5ft 7 ins), a game for which you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on fancy equipment, a game based on constant running and movement, on agility and grace, on vision and brainwork.

    Alan Elsner: America's Hatred of Soccer Now (Mostly) A Thing of the Past

  • They said that she was obviously slumming it by going out with a kid too poor to afford brainwork.

    365 tomorrows » 2008 » April : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • LUKE: Thank you so much, Chris, for your ingenuity and the brainwork that goes behind making these kind of tools available to us.

    Saving The World With Apps And Twitter

  • I plan on doing a pretty detailed review of most of the books I read from now on; it's good brainwork.

    My Cup Runneth Over

  • But there's a scene where he has to *think,* to go into a frenzied bit of brainwork, and when he does all of a sudden this unformed, awkward character vanishes and David Tennant's Tenth Doctor is fully-formed and there, feeling like the Doctor in a way that Tennant's other scenes in the show often don't.

    I think I know what Smith was on about

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