AskDefine | Define brainstorm

Dictionary Definition

brainstorm n : the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation [syn: insight, brainwave] v : try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it

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English

Noun

  1. A sudden thought, particularly one that solves a long-standing problem.
    I had been working on the problem for weeks, and then I had a brainstorm and saw that the solution was easy.
  2. An unexpected mental error.

Quotations

Mental error
  • 2005: A terrible fielding error from Tony Graffanino proved costly. [...] Aaron Rowand collected an RBI double to get them off the mark before Graffanino's brainstorm. Juan Uribe hit a roller to the second baseman, who let the potential inning-ending double-play ball roll under his glove, leaving runners at first and third bases. Iguchi hit ruins Red Sox's night BBC Online, 5 October 2005

Verb

  1. To investigate something, or solve a problem using brainstorming.
  2. To participate in a brainstorming session.

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brainstorm in Japanese: ブレインストーム
brainstorm in Dutch: Brainstorm
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absurd idea, afebrile delirium, automatic response, blind impulse, boutade, brain wave, brainchild, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, capriccio, caprice, conceit, crank, craze, crazy idea, crotchet, deliriousness, delirium, drive, fad, fancy, fantastic notion, fantasy, flash, fleeting impulse, flimflam, fool notion, freak, freakish inspiration, good idea, gut response, harebrained idea, humor, impulse, incoherence, inspiration, instinct, involuntary impulse, kink, lingual delirium, maggot, megrim, natural impulse, notion, passing fancy, quick hunch, quirk, ranting, raving, reflex, sudden thought, toy, urge, vagary, wandering, whim, whim-wham, whimsy
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