brain

brain or brains [brān]
n.
[ME < OE brægen < IE base * mregh-m(n)o-, skull, brain > Gr bregma, forehead]
1. [sometimes pl.] the mass of nerve tissue in the cranium of vertebrate animals, an enlarged extension of the spinal cord: it is the main part of the nervous system, the center of thought, and the organ that perceives sensory impulses and regulates motor impulses: it is made up of gray matter (the outer cortex of nerve cells) and white matter (the inner mass of nerve fibers)
2. a comparable organ in invertebrate animals
3.
a) [often pl.] intelligence; mental ability
b) Informal a person of great intelligence
4. [usually pl.] Informal the main organizer or planner of a group activity; chief controller or director
vt.
1. to dash out the brains of
2. Slang to hit hard on the head
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beat one's brains or rack one's brains or cudgel one's brains
to try hard to remember, understand, or solve something
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have on the brain
to be obsessed by
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pick someone's brains or pick someone's brain
to extract information, ideas, etc. from someone and use to one's own advantage

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