brainwave
brainwave rain"wave` (br[=a]n"w[=a]v), n. 1. rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the brain.

Syn: brain wave, cortical potential. [WordNet 1.5]

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

Syn: insight, brainstorm. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • brainwave — UK [ˈbreɪnˌweɪv] / US noun [countable] Word forms brainwave : singular brainwave plural brainwaves 1) biology an electrical signal sent by your brain that can be recorded and measured 2) British a sudden very good idea …   English dictionary

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  • brainwave — noun (C) 1 BrE a sudden clever idea; brainstorm AmE: I ve had a brainwave! Let s go this weekend instead. 2 an electrical force that is produced by the brain and that can be measured …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • brainwave — noun a) Any of many rhythmic fluctuations of electric potential between parts of the brain, especially those seen on an electroencephalogram b) A sudden idea, understanding, or inspiration; a …   Wiktionary

  • brainwave — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Informal. A sudden exciting thought: brainstorm, inspiration. See THOUGHTS …   English dictionary for students

  • brainwave — brain|wave [ breın,weıv ] noun count 1. ) an electrical signal sent by your brain that can be recorded and measured 2. ) BRITISH a BRAINSTORM …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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