Brush meaning

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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.

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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.

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A bushy tail.

The brush of a fox.

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A sliding connection completing a circuit between a fixed and a moving conductor.
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A snub; a brushoff.
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An implement typically consisting of bristles fastened into a handle, used in scrubbing, polishing, grooming, or applying a liquid.
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The act of using this implement.
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A sweeping stroke of the hand, as in removing something.
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An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous.

A brush with the law; a brush with death.

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To dismiss abruptly or curtly.

Brushed the matter aside; brushed an old friend off.

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To touch lightly in passing; graze against.
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To clean, polish, or groom with a brush.

Brush one's teeth; brush the dog's coat.

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To apply with a brush.

Brushed shellac onto the wood.

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To remove with a brush or with sweeping strokes.

Brushed dirt from his pants.

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To use a brush.
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To make sweeping strokes with the hand.
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To touch something lightly in moving past.
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Cut or broken branches.
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Dense vegetation consisting of shrubs or small trees.
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Land covered by such a growth.
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Sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth.
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The act of brushing.
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A light, grazing stroke.

A brush of the hand.

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A bushy tail, esp. that of a fox.
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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.
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A device of wires attached in a fanlike spread to a handle, used as on drums or cymbals for a swishing or muted effect.
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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.
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To use a brush on; clean, polish, paint, smooth, etc. with a brush.
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To apply, spread, remove, etc. with a stroke or strokes as of a brush.
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To go over lightly, as with a brush.
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To touch or graze in passing.
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To move so as to push lightly aside, skim, or graze past something.
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To hurry.
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A short, quick fight, skirmish, etc.

A brush with the law.

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An implement consisting of multiple more or less flexible bristles or other filaments attached to a handle, used for any of various purposes including cleaning, painting, and arranging hair.
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A piece of conductive material, usually carbon, serving to maintain electrical contact between the stationary and rotating parts of a machine.
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The act of brushing something.

She gave her hair a quick brush.

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(uncountable) Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees .
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A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience.

He has had brushes with communism from time to time.

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The furry tail of an animal, especially of a fox.
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(zoology) A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
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(archaic) A short contest, or trial, of speed.
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(music) An instrument, resembling a brush, used to produce a soft sound from drums or cymbals.
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(computer graphics) An on-screen tool for "painting" a particular colour or texture.
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(video games) In 3D video games, a convex polyhedron, especially one that defines structure of the play area.
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(poker, slang) The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino.
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(North Wisconsin, uncountable) Evergreen boughs, especially balsam, locally cut and baled for export, usually for use in wreathmaking.
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To clean with a brush.

Brush your teeth.

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To untangle or arrange with a brush.

Brush your hair.

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To apply with a brush.

Brush the paint onto the walls.

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To remove with a sweeping motion.

Brush the flour off your clothes.

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To touch with a sweeping motion, or lightly in passing.

Her scarf brushed his skin.

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A light touch in passing; a graze.
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Origin of brush

Middle English brusshe, from Old French broisse (compare Modern French brosse) from Vulgar Latin *bruscia from Proto-Germanic *bruskaz (“underbrush”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhreus- (“to swell, sprout”). Akin to Middle High German bürste (“brush”), Old English byrst (“bristle”), Middle High German broz (“a bud, shoot”), Old English brēost (“breast”), Proto-Slavic *bъrščь (“hogweed”).