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Definition 1: that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for brain in the sense of this definition

(brain is a kind of ...) a structure that is part of the nervous system

(brain is a part of ...) a ring of arteries at the base of the brain

(brain is a part of ...) one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid

(brain is a part of ...) the part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord and comprising the medulla oblongata and pons and midbrain and parts of the hypothalamus

(brain is a part of ...) the posterior portion of the brain including cerebellum and brainstem

(brain is a part of ...) the middle portion of the brain

(brain is a part of ...) the anterior portion of the brain; the part of the brain that develops from the anterior part of the neural tube

(brain is a part of ...) the part of the brain having the most recent phylogenetic origin; the cerebral cortex and related parts

(brain is a part of ...) a nerve cell in the brain

(brain is a part of ...) any of three arteries in the brain that make up the circle of Willis

(... is part of brain) the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord

(... is part of brain) the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

"he stuck his head out the window"

Definition 2: mental ability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where brain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he's got plenty of brains but no common sense

Synonyms for brain in the sense of this definition

(brain is a kind of ...) the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

Definition 3: that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; the seat of the faculty of reason - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where brain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his mind wandered
  • I couldn't get his words out of my head

Synonyms for brain in the sense of this definition

(brain is a kind of ...) the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

(... is a kind of brain ) an informal British expression for head or mind

"use your noddle"

(... is a kind of brain ) a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)

(... is a kind of brain ) (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind

(... is a kind of brain ) that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware

(... is a kind of brain ) psychic activity just below the level of awareness

Definition 4: the brain of certain animals used as meat - [noun denoting food]

(brain is a kind of ...) edible viscera of a butchered animal

(... is a kind of brain ) the brain of a calf eaten as meat

Definition 5: someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality - [noun denoting person]

Samples where brain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mozart was a child genius
  • he's smart but he's no Einstein

Synonyms for brain in the sense of this definition

(brain is a kind of ...) a person who uses the mind creatively

(... is a kind of brain ) an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration

"she is a chess prodigy"

Definition 6: hit on the head - [verb of contact]

(brain is a kind of ...) deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

"He hit her hard in the face"

Definition 7: kill by smashing someone's skull - [verb of contact]

(brain is a kind of ...) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

"This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank" "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

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