Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A so-called telepathic vibration supposed to be concerned in the transference of a thought from one mind to another by other than physical means of communication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the brain.
  • noun the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  • noun (neurophysiology) rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the cerebral cortex that are detectable with an electroencephalograph
  • noun (neurophysiology) rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the cerebral cortex that are detectable with an electroencephalograph

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  • If the wider applicability of the 'brainwave' is doubtful in rich nations, it's positively outlandish for not-so-rich ones.

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