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brainstorm

brain·storm

brainstorm

 
pronunciation:
breIn storm
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun, adjective
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: brainstormed, brainstorming, brainstorms
definition: to engage in a method of problem-solving or idea-gathering in which members of a group freely and spontaneously offer their thoughts and suggestions.
We were brainstorming at the meeting yesterday, and we may have come up with a solution to the problem.The teacher asked the students to brainstorm, and she wrote each of their contributions on the board.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to produce (an idea, suggestion, or solution) by brainstorming.
The group brainstormed some useful ideas for the upcoming show.
definition 2: to look for a solution to (a problem) by brainstorming.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden inspiration or bright idea.
I've just had a brainstorm! Listen to this!
similar words:
intuition
definition 2: an incidence of severe mental turmoil or confusion.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: related to brainstorming.
We had a long brainstorm session, but I heard few practical suggestions.
derivation: brainstormer (n.)