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English noun: brain

1. brain (body) that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord


Broader (hypernym)neural structure

Part holonymarteria communicans, brain cell, brain stem, brain-stem, brainstem, circle of Willis, communicating artery, forebrain, hindbrain, mesencephalon, midbrain, neencephalon, neoencephalon, prosencephalon, rhombencephalon, ventricle

Part meronymcaput, central nervous system, CNS, head, systema nervosum centrale

2. brain (cognition) mental ability

SamplesHe's got plenty of brains but no common sense.

Synonymsbrainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit

Broader (hypernym)intelligence

3. brain (cognition) that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

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

Synonymshead, mind, nous, psyche

Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis

Narrower (hyponym)ego, noddle, subconscious, subconscious mind, tabula rasa, unconscious, unconscious mind

4. brain (person) someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality

SamplesMozart was a child genius.
He's smart but he's no Einstein.

Synonymsbrainiac, Einstein, genius, mastermind

Broader (hypernym)intellect, intellectual

Narrower (hyponym)prodigy

5. brain (food) the brain of certain animals used as meat

Broader (hypernym)organs, variety meat

Narrower (hyponym)calf's brain

English verb: brain

1. brain (contact) hit on the head

ExamplesThe fighter managed to brain his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

2. brain (contact) kill by smashing someone's skull

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)kill

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