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brain-storm (plural brain-storms)

  1. Alternative form of brainstorm
    • 1925, Robert Graves, Poetic Unreason: And Other Studies, →ISBN, page 233:
      Mr. Hammond, while engaged in some literary work connected with problems of dietetics, health and so on, in the British Museum Reading Room, was one day seized as he describes it with a sudden brain-storm, and though not having written a line of verse since boyhood suddenly found stanzas forming in his head quicker than he could record them.
    • 2006, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, The White Linen Nurse, →ISBN, page 36:
      "Next time you set out to have a 'brain-storm,' Miss Malgregor," he suggested satirically, "try to have it about something more sensible than imagining that anybody is trying to hold you personally responsible for the existence of death in the world."
    • 2009, George Steiner, George Steiner at The New Yorker, →ISBN, page 12:
      The painting was “a private brain-storm which gives no evidence that Picasso has realised the political significance of Guernica.”
  2. Alternative form of brain storm
    • 1911, Isaac Newton Stevens, An American Suffragette, →ISBN:
      Here had been tried all sorts of murder cases, with all sorts of defenses, from self-preservation with an ax to the irresponsibility of a brain-storm.
    • 2004, C. A. Campbell, On Selfhood and Godhood - Volume 2, →ISBN, page 85:
      Let us take the case of a man making this statement after being told of some violent act he has committed (and of which he has perhaps no recollection) during an epileptic seizure, or some other species of brain-storm.
    • 2006, Margery Allingham, The Fashion in Shrouds, →ISBN, page 45:
      You're thinking he may have had a brain-storm?


brain-storm (third-person singular simple present brain-storms, present participle brain-storming, simple past and past participle brain-stormed)

  1. Alternative form of brainstorm
    • 1969, The Progress of Education - Volume 44, page 263:
      A dozen people sit around a table to brain-storm a specific problem.
    • 2006, Frans Johansson, Medici Effect: What You Can Learn from Elephants and Epidemics, →ISBN:
      These groups were called “real groups” since they actually brain-stormed together.
    • 2011, Lee Oberparleiter, The Role of Emotion and Reflection in Student Achievement, →ISBN:
      He also had them share what they were thinking throughout this experience and put their brain-stormed responses on the board.