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brainstorm A sudden and powerful thought; a good idea. The concept of forcefulness contained in the storm element seems to be losing ground to that of disorder and chaos, so that brainstorm is now most often used ironically to mean a whimsical or ill-considered notion, a stupid idea.
brown study Absorption in thought; a pensive mood; absent-mindedness. This phrase dates from the early 16th century; the brown of the expression apparently stemmed from brown ‘gloomy.’ Citations indicate that the phrase varies in meaning: it may be used for serious thought; for apparent pensiveness masking actual absent-mindedness; or for simple idle daydreaming. John Crowe Ransom uses the phrase poignantly in “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter”:
There was such speed in her little body,
Ana such lightness in her footfall,
It is no wonder that her brown study
Astonishes us all.
a horseback opinion A guess, an offhand impression, a hasty opinion or judgment delivered without “stopping to think,” as though from horseback. Use of this U.S. colloquialism dates from the late 19th century.
I am not here as a judicial authority or oracle. I can only give horseback opinion. (Congressional Record, April 23, 1879)
on the carpet Under consideration or up for discussion. This expression, in use since 1726, comes from the earlier on or upon the tapis (since 1690), a partial translation of the French sur le tapis On the tablecloth.’ The tablecloth in question is the one covering the council table around which the members meet to discuss items of business.
put on one’s thinking cap To think about or consider; to ponder; to reflect or concentrate. Although “thinking caps”have been mentioned in children’s literature and various legends for hundreds of years, the most likely allusion is to the official headgear which a British magistrate would wear when considering the disposition of a case and when passing sentence. In its figurative use, put on one’s thinking cap clearly implies that the matter at hand merits serious thought.
It is satisfactory to know that the Post Office Department has its thinking cap on. (Daily Chronicle, January, 1903)
sleep on it To contemplate and reflect upon an important proposal, plan, or other matter without making a hasty decision; to consider something overnight before making up one’s mind. This expression, in popular use for centuries, implies that some decisions, particularly portentous ones, merit at least one night of conscious and, while sleeping, subconscious thought.
His Grace … said that he would sleep and dream upon the matter, and give me an answer [in] the morning. (State Papers of Henry VIII, 1519)
|Noun||1.||thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"|
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
cogitation - a carefully considered thought about something; "his cogitations were dutifully recorded in his daybook"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
preoccupation - an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
misconception - an incorrect conception
plan, program, programme - a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"
figment - a contrived or fantastic idea; "a figment of the imagination"
generalisation, generality, generalization - an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke in broad generalities"
suggestion - an idea that is suggested; "the picnic was her suggestion"
impression, notion, belief, feeling, opinion - a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
reaction - an idea evoked by some experience; "his reaction to the news was to start planning what to do"
theorem - an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth
whimsey, whimsy, whim, notion - an odd or fanciful or capricious idea; "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"; "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon"; "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"
burden - the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
theme, motif - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
keynote - a fundamental or central idea
kink - an eccentric idea
|2.||thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"|
higher cognitive process - cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
free association - a thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence
mental synthesis, construction - the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
line of thought - a particular way of thinking that is characteristic of some individual or group
train of thought, thread - the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together; "I couldn't follow his train of thought"; "he lost the thread of his argument"
mysticism - obscure or irrational thought
ideation - the process of forming and relating ideas
consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something
excogitation - thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
problem solving - the thought processes involved in solving a problem
convergent thinking - thinking that brings together information focussed on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution)
|3.||thought - the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual; "19th century thought"; "Darwinian thought"|
belief - any cognitive content held as true
mainstream - the prevailing current of thought; "his thinking was in the American mainstream"
|4.||thought - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"|
idea - a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"
judgment, judgement, mind - an opinion formed by judging something; "he was reluctant to make his judgment known"; "she changed her mind"
belief - any cognitive content held as true
eyes - opinion or judgment; "in the eyes of the law"; "I was wrong in her eyes"
parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession - an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions"
pole - one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; "they are at opposite poles"; "they are poles apart"
"Thought flies and words go on foot" [Julien Green Journal]
"Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous" [Confucius Analects]
you need to free your mind of negative thoughts → tienes que despejar los malos pensamientos de tu mente
to collect one's thoughts → ordenar sus pensamientos or ideas
to be deep in thought → estar ensimismado, estar absorto en sus pensamientos
my thoughts were elsewhere → estaba pensando en otra cosa
to gather one's thoughts → ordenar sus pensamientos or ideas
he was always in her thoughts → lo tenía or llevaba siempre en el pensamiento
to be lost in thought → estar ensimismado, estar absorto en sus pensamientos
he pushed the thought from his mind → se obligó a dejar de pensar en ello, borró la idea de su mente
see also penny, read A3
a lot of thought went into the work → se dedicó mucho tiempo a pensar en el trabajo
I'll give it some thought over the next few days → lo pensaré durante los próximos días
I've given it a lot of thought → lo he pensado mucho
I didn't give it another thought → no volví a pensar en ello
don't give it another thought → no te preocupes, no lo pienses más
spare a thought for the homeless at Christmas → acuérdese de la gente sin hogar en Navidad
see also food, pause, second A1
his first thought was always for other people → siempre pensaba primero en los demás
with no thought for o.s → sin pensar en sí mismo
with no thought of reward → sin pensar en una recompensa
they had no thought of surrender → no tenían ninguna intención de rendirse
he gave up all thought(s) of marrying her → renunció a la idea de casarse con ella
it's the thought that counts → la intención es lo que cuenta
what a frightening thought! → ¡qué idea más aterradora!
what a lovely thought! → ¡qué detalle!
the thought crossed my mind that → se me ocurrió que ...
the thought had crossed my mind → la idea se me llegó a pasar por la cabeza
to have a thought I've just had a thought → se me acaba de ocurrir una idea
he hasn't a thought in his head → no tiene ni idea de nada
never mind, it was just a thought → no importa, no era más que una idea
that's a thought! → ¡no es mala idea!, ¡qué buena idea!
"she might still be there" - "that's a thought" → -puede que todavía esté allí -es una posibilidad
the very or mere thought of him made her nervous → se ponía nerviosa sólo de pensar en él
he keeps his thoughts to himself → se reserva su opinión
The thought never crossed my mind → L'idée ne m'est jamais passée par la tête., Cette pensée ne m'est jamais passée par la tête.
I've just had a thought
BUT Je viens de penser à quelque chose.
Just the thought of eggs makes me shiver
BUT Rien que de penser à des œufs me donne la chair de poule.
It was a nice thought, thank you
BUT C'est gentil de ta part, merci.
to be deep in thought → être plongé(e) dans ses pensées, être absorbé(e) dans ses pensées
to be lost in thought → être plongé(e) dans ses pensées, être absorbé(e) dans ses pensées
after much thought → après mûre réflexion
to give sth some thought → réfléchir à qch
Her one thought was to get back with Derek → Sa seule idée était de retourner avec Derek.
What are your thoughts on that? → Quelle est votre opinion?
BUT Quel est votre avis là-dessus?.
thoughtpret, ptp of think
to be lost or deep in thought → essere assorto/a or perso/a nei propri pensieri
after much thought → dopo molti ripensamenti
I've just had a thought → mi è appena venuta un'idea
that's a thought! → che bell'idea!
I shudder at the very thought of it → rabbrividisco solo al pensiero
to collect one's thoughts → raccogliere le proprie idee
my thoughts were elsewhere → avevo la testa altrove
with no thought for o.s. → senza pensare a se stesso
to give sth some thought → prendere qc in considerazione, riflettere su qc
it's the thought that counts → è il pensiero che conta