brain wave

brain wave
noun
(neurophysiology) rapid fluctuations of voltage between parts of the cerebral cortex that are detectable with an electroencephalograph
Topics: ↑neurophysiology
Hypernyms: ↑bioelectricity
Hyponyms:

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noun
1. : rhythmic fluctuations of voltage between parts of the brain resulting in the flow of an electric current; also : the current produced usually having a pulsation frequency of 10 or more per second
2. : a flash of inspiration

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1. Usually, brain waves. Med. electrical potentials or impulses given off by brain tissue. Cf. alpha rhythm, beta rhythm, delta rhythm.
2. Informal. a sudden idea or inspiration; brainstorm.
[1865-70]

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brain wave,
1. electric current produced by the rhythmic electric fluctuations between the parts of the brain. Bin waves can be recorded by an analyzer or an electroencephalograph.
2. a telepathic vibration supposed to effect transference of thought by other than physical means of communication.
3. Informal. a sudden bright idea; brainstorm.

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noun, pl ⋯ waves [count]
1 : a pattern or cycle of electrical activity in the brain
— usually plural

Do your brain waves change when you are sleeping?

2 chiefly Brit :brainstorm 1, 1

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