brush

brush
brush1 [brush]
n.
[ME brushe < OFr broce, brosse, bush, brushwood < VL * bruscia < Gmc * bruskaz, underbrush: for IE base see BREAST]
1. BRUSHWOOD
2. sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth
3.
a) 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.
b) a device of wires attached in a fanlike spread to a handle, used as on drums or cymbals for a swishing or muted effect
4. the act of brushing
5. a light, grazing stroke [a brush of the hand]
6. BRUSHWORK
7. a bushy tail, esp. that of a fox
8. Slang BRUSHOFF
9. Elec.
a) 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
b) BRUSH DISCHARGE
vt.
1. to use a brush on; clean, polish, paint, smooth, etc. with a brush
2. to apply, spread, remove, etc. with a stroke or strokes as of a brush
3. to go over lightly, as with a brush
4. to touch or graze in passing
vi.
to move so as to push lightly aside, skim, or graze past something
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brush aside or brush away
1. to sweep out of the way
2. to dismiss from consideration
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☆ brush off Slang
to dismiss or get rid of abruptly or rudely
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brush up
1. to make neat or presentable
2. to refresh one's memory or skill: often with on [to brush up on one's French]
brush2 [brush]
vi.
[ME bruschen, rush < ? OFr brosser, to travel (? through woods), beat underbrush for game: see BRUSH1]
to hurry
n.
a short, quick fight, skirmish, etc. [a brush with the law]

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  • Brush — (br[u^]sh), n. [OE. brusche, OF. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, F. brosse brush, LL. brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG. brusta, brust, bristle, G. borste bristle, b[ u]rste brush. See {Bristle}, n., and cf. {Browse}.] 1. An instrument composed of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brush — Brush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brushed} (br[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Brushing}.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See {Brush}, n.] 1. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. A brushes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Brush — /brush/, n. Katharine, 1902 52, U.S. novelist and short story writer. * * * ▪ art       device composed of natural or synthetic fibres set into a handle that is used for cleaning, grooming, polishing, writing, or painting. Brushes were used by… …   Universalium

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  • brush — vb Brush, graze, glance, shave, skim are comparable when they mean to touch lightly in passing. Brush implies a movement like the flick of a brush upon a surface: sometimes it suggests no more than an almost impalpable touching, but sometimes it… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brush|y — brush|y1 «BRUHSH ee», adjective, brush|i|er, brush|i|est. like a brush; rough and shaggy. ╂[< brush1 + y1] brush …   Useful english dictionary

  • brush-on — /brush on , awn /, adj. 1. fit to be applied with a brush: a brush on paint remover. n. 2. a substance that can be applied with a brush: The varnish dries more quickly than most brush ons. [adj., n. use of v. phrase brush on] * * * …   Universalium

  • brush — Ⅰ. brush [1] ► NOUN 1) an implement with a handle and a block of bristles, hair, or wire, used especially for cleaning, smoothing, or painting. 2) an act of brushing. 3) a slight and fleeting touch. 4) a brief encounter with something bad or… …   English terms dictionary

  • brush-on — /brush on , awn /, adj. 1. fit to be applied with a brush: a brush on paint remover. n. 2. a substance that can be applied with a brush: The varnish dries more quickly than most brush ons. [adj., n. use of v. phrase brush on] …   Useful english dictionary


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