Definitions

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

  • n. A group or an institution organized for intensive research and solving of problems, especially in the areas of technology, social or political strategy, or armament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of people who collectively perform research and develop reports and recommendations on topics relating to strategic planning or public policy, and which is usually funded by corporate, government, or special interests.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications

Etymologies

From think + tank. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Whoever wins that contract,” said Milton Fieldbrou of EyeOnGovernment.com, a think tank that keeps track of government procurement and its commercial implications beyond the actual monies, “will have a PR bonanza that could spell survival in the troubled firearms industry.”

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Associated Press Delores Marks The concept of compensating victims $20,000 apiece has the support of leaders of the John Locke Foundation, a conservative think tank in Raleigh.

    State Mulls Amends for Sterilizations

  • The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a Washington, D.C., think tank specializing in waste and economic development, estimates that for every one hundred jobs created in recycling, just ten were lost in waste hauling.128

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • A German think tank called the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy convened a group of designers, economists, development experts, and materials geeks and launched the Factor 10 Club.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Meanwhile, at the American Enterprise Institute AEI think tank in Washington, D.C., a home to Laurie Mylroie and many of the other leading advocates of the war in Iraq, the historian Fred Kagan, whose academic specialty is the Napoleonic wars, was becoming increasingly frustrated at the tenor of the debate in Washington, which seemed more about managing an exit from Iraq than actually winning the war.

    The Longest War

  • I had known Terje Rød-Larsen for some time as both the husband of Mona and as the dynamic leader of Fafo, a think tank set up by the large Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.

    A Billion Lives

  • My friends and co-facilitators—Terje Rød-Larsen, head of the think tank Fafo, and his wife, Mona Juul, my foreign ministry assistant—and I retreated to one of the formal salons of this nineteenth-century mansion.

    A Billion Lives

  • Magda Kandil , executive director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, an independent Cairo-based think tank that encourages private-sector growth, said the loan showed that the IMF is looking for a new model to fit scenarios like Egypt's.

    Egypt to Obtain $3 Billion IMF Loan

  • The New Economics Foundation, the think tank that produces the annual Happy Planet Index, explains that it is possible to live long, happy lives with a much smaller ecological footprint than found in the highest-consuming nations.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • The outlook is not directly spelled out in her first book, but it is gleanable in what she barely mentions (Vietnam, Martin Luther King) and in some of what she does highlight: John Wayne's admirable confidence, the pathos of the hippies and of the atomization that produced them, the pious platitudes of a hubristic, high-rolling liberal think tank that was famous in 1967 but now seems like an exotic fossil.

    The Unclosed Circle

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  • think tanks are creepy. i'm anti think tank.

    September 19, 2013