- Archaic a series of sudden, violent cerebral disturbances
- Informal a sudden inspiration, idea, or plan
- The definition of a brainstorm is a sudden idea or plan.
When you suddenly come up with an idea for a new electronic device, seemingly out of nowhere, this is an example of a brainstorm.
- To brainstorm is to think about and try to come up with ideas or solutions to a problem, either on your own or in a group.
If you and your co-workers sit around and try to come up with new ideas for an ad campaign, this is an example of when you brainstorm ideas.
- A sudden clever plan or idea.
- A sudden, violent disturbance of the mind.
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- To consider or investigate (an issue, for example) by brainstorming.
- To think of or produce (a solution to a problem, for example) by brainstorming.
- (US) 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.
- (UK) An unexpected mental error.
- Ask your wedding coordinator for photos of past ceremonies to get some ideas, and brainstorm with your bridal party for more great ideas that you otherwise may not have come up with on your own.
- You can also sit down with Search Engine Optimization tools like Keyword Discovery or WordTracker to brainstorm up new domain names with potential for good traffic right out of the gate.
- When you find the prom themes your committee likes best, take a moment to brainstorm invitations, dress code, decorations, music, and menu to see which one you want to create into your magical prom night.
- If you find you're spending too much on any of these items, think about which activities give you the most enjoyment and try to brainstorm household money-saving tips to help you cut costs.
- Otherwise, break into teams of two or more (depending on the size of your family) and have the teams brainstorm ideas and write them on slips of paper to challenge the others.