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Definition of "brush" []

  • A device consisting of bristles fastened into a handle, used in scrubbing, polishing, or painting. (noun)
  • The act of using this device. (noun)
  • A light touch in passing; a graze. (noun)
  • An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous: a brush with the law; a brush with death. (noun)
  • A bushy tail: the brush of a fox. (noun)
  • A device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act or an instance of brushing (noun)
  • A light stroke made in passing; graze (noun)
  • A brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish (noun)
  • The bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog (noun)
  • An electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc (noun)
  • A dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light (noun)
  • To clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush (verb)
  • To apply or remove with a brush or brushing movement (verb)
  • To touch lightly and briefly (verb)
  • To move so as to graze or touch something lightly (verb)

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Use "brush" in a sentence
  • "Lemme brush it awf. *brush brush, brush brush* It doan’t kum awf."
  • "_His_ gilding is one part gold to eleven other parts of brass and rubbish, and it has been laid on him with a brush -- _a brush_ -- pah! of course he will be as black as a crock in a few years 'time, whilst I am as bright as when I first was made, and, unless I am burnt as my Cordova burnt its heretics, I shall shine on forever. ""
  • "A few days before their arrival, Nelson had had what he called a brush with the enemy."