brain1 W2S2 [breın] n
artery, ↑brain, ↑fatty, ↑tissue, ↑heart, ↑kidney, ↑intestine, ↑intestine2, ↑small, ↑large, ↑liver, ↑lung, ↑muscles, ↑stomach, ↑vein, ↑throat
5 have something on the brain
6 be the brains behind/of something
7 brain dead
8 brain box
[: Old English; Origin: brAgen]
1.) ¦(ORGAN)¦
the organ inside your head that controls how you think, feel, and move
Messages from the brain are carried by the central nervous system.
the chemistry of the brain
the human brain
the right/left hemisphere of the brain
(=the right or left side of the brain)
Emotional responses are a function of the right hemisphere of the brain.
She died of a brain tumour .
brain tissue/cell
2.) ¦(INTELLIGENCE)¦ [>C usually plural, U]
the ability to think clearly and learn quickly
If you had any brains, you'd know what I meant.
The job requires brains.
Something's addled your brains (=made you confused) .
Come on, use your brain , John.
3.) ¦(PERSON)¦ [C usually plural] informal
someone who is intelligent, with good ideas and useful skills
Some of our best brains are leaving the country to work in the US.
4.) ¦(FOOD)¦[U]
also brains [plural]
the brain of an animal, used as food
5.) have sth on the brain informal
to be always thinking about something
I've got that song on the brain today.
6.) be the brains behind/of sth
to be the person who thought of and developed a particular plan, system, or organization, especially a successful one
Danny's definitely the brains of the project.
7.) brain dead
a) in a state where your brain has stopped working properly even though your heart may still be beating
b) informal in a state in which you seem stupid or uninteresting, especially because you live a boring life or are very tired
8.) brain box
BrE informal a very intelligent person
→↑bird-brain, hare-brained,beat your brains out atbeat1 (22), pick sb's brains atpick1 (7), rack your brain(s) atrack2 (2)
brain 2
brain2 v [T] informal
to hit someone very hard on the head - used humorously
I wanted to brain him.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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