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brainwave

Syllabification: brain·wave
Pronunciation: /ˈbrānˌwāv
 
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Definition of brainwave in English:

noun

(usually brainwaves)
1An electrical impulse in the brain.
Example sentences
  • They hooked me up to an ambulatory EEG, a recent technology that can record brainwaves for three days and nights.
  • An individual's capacity for such visual working memory can be predicted by his or her brainwaves, researchers funded by the NIH's National Institute of Mental Health have discovered.
  • My first specific criticism occurred in Chapter One, when the authors describe their own research regarding brainwaves of clients during hypnosis, counseling, or a control situation.
1.1 [usually in singular] informal A sudden clever idea.
Example sentences
  • I was fingering my car keys, wondering if my perverse appetite would last all the way to Tesco's and back, when I had a sudden brainwave.
  • Anyway, as she went on and got more and more into it, I had a sudden brainwave.
  • Those words hit Rick like stones, a brainwave and an idea quickly ensued.

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