- To brush is defined as to use a tool with bristles or to quickly sweep something with the hand.
- An example of a brush is a tool for getting knots out of hair.
- An example of a brush is a sweep of the hand across a table to remove crumbs.
- The definition of a brush is a tool with bristles on a handle, the process of using such a tool or the act of lightly sweeping something.
- An example of brush is to smooth hair with a hair brush.
- An example of brush is to quickly rub crumbs off a dress.
A round hair brush.
brush definition by Webster's New World
- ☆ sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth
- a device having bristles, hairs, or wires fastened into a hard back, with or without a handle attached: brushes are used for cleaning, polishing, painting, smoothing the hair, etc.
- a device of wires attached in a fanlike spread to a handle, used as on drums or cymbals for a swishing or muted effect
- the act of brushing
- a light, grazing stroke: a brush of the hand
- a bushy tail, esp. that of a fox
- ☆ Slang brushoff
- a piece, plate, rod, or bundle of carbon, copper, etc. used as a conductor between an external circuit and a revolving part, as in a motor
- brush discharge
Origin: Middle English brushe ; from Old French broce, brosse, bush, brushwood ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bruscia ; from Germanic an unverified form bruskaz, underbrush: for Indo-European base see breast
- to use a brush on; clean, polish, paint, smooth, etc. with a brush
- to apply, spread, remove, etc. with a stroke or strokes as of a brush
- to go over lightly, as with a brush
- to touch or graze in passing
Origin: Middle English bruschen, rush ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French brosser, to travel (? through woods), beat underbrush for game: see brush
brush definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A device consisting of bristles fastened into a handle, used in scrubbing, polishing, or painting.b. The act of using this device.
- A light touch in passing; a graze.
- An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous: a brush with the law; a brush with death.
- A bushy tail: the brush of a fox.
- A sliding connection completing a circuit between a fixed and a moving conductor.
- A snub; a brushoff.
- a. To clean, polish, or groom with a brush.b. To apply with or as if with motions of a brush.c. To remove with or as if with motions of a brush.
- To dismiss abruptly or curtly: brushed the matter aside; brushed an old friend off.
- To touch lightly in passing; graze against.
- To use or apply a brush.
- To move past something so as to touch it lightly.
Origin: Middle English brusshe, from Old French brosse, brushwood, brush; see brush2.
- brushˈer noun
- brushˈy adjective
- a. A dense growth of bushes or shrubs.b. Land covered by such a growth.
- Cut or broken branches.
Origin: Middle English brusshe, from Old French brosse, brushwood, from Vulgar Latin *bruscia, perhaps from Latin bruscum, knot on a maple.
- brushˈy adjective
brush - Phrases/Idioms
brush asideor brush away
- to sweep out of the way
- to dismiss from consideration
brush offâ Slang
- to make neat or presentable
- to refresh one's memory or skill: often with on to brush up on one's French