As you would expect, the word brainstorm involves thought. A brainstorm can be an "Aha!" moment, while brainstorming is the process of trying to think of ideas.

If you've ever needed to find a topic for a paper and have just started listing every idea coming to you, you know what it's like to brainstorm. People brainstorm when they need a new idea. You can also say you had a brainstorm when a good idea or solution occurs to you. Often, this kind of brainstorm happens when you're not even working on the problem. For example, a scientist might have a brainstorm for a new project in the shower.

Definitions of brainstorm

v try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it

Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

n the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

brainwave, insight
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mental understanding as an enlightening experience
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
breakthrough, discovery, find
a productive insight
a sudden brilliant understanding
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apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding
the cognitive condition of someone who understands

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