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Definitions of brush

  1. sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. contact with something dangerous or undesirable; "I had a brush with danger on my way to work"; "he tried to avoid any brushes with the police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of brushing your hair; "he gave his hair a quick brush" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the act of brushing your teeth; "the dentist recommended two brushes a day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a minor short-term fight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. momentary contact Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a dense growth of bushes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. remove with or as if with a brush; "brush away the crumbs"; "brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the objections" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. cover by brushing; "brush the bread with melted butter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. touch lightly and briefly; "He brushed the wall lightly" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. clean with a brush; "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. An instrument composed of bristles, or other like material, set in a suitable back or handle, as of wood, bone, or ivory, and used for various purposes, as in removing dust from clothes, laying on colors, etc. Brushes have different shapes and names according to their use; as, clothes brush, paint brush, tooth brush, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The bushy tail of a fox. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A tuft of hair on the mandibles. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A bundle of flexible wires or thin plates of metal, used to conduct an electrical current to or from the commutator of a dynamo, electric motor, or similar apparatus. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. The act of brushing; as, to give one's clothes a brush; a rubbing or grazing with a quick motion; a light touch; as, we got a brush from the wheel as it passed. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A short contest, or trial, of speed. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; - commonly with off. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. An implement made of bristles, feathers, etc., fixed in a back or handle and used for cleaning, smoothing. Applying paint, etc.; the bushy tail of a fox; a thicket of small trees; a slight battle; a skirmish; the act of cleaning or smoothing with a brush. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. To sweep, cleanse, or rub with a brush; touch lightly in passing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. To move with haste; to skim over with a light touch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. Brushy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. 1. An instrument made of some flexible material, such as bristles, attached to a handle. 2. A cone-shaped bluish light produced by the discharge of static electricity from a point or small knob. 3. To use a brush for any purpose. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  34. An instrument for removing dust, usually made of bristles, twigs, or feathers: a kind of hair-pencil used by painters: brushwood: a skirmish or encounter: the tail of a fox. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. To remove dust, etc., from by sweeping: to touch lightly in passing: (with off) remove. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. To move over lightly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  37. An implement of bristles, feathers, or the like; brushwood; a skirmish. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. To move lightly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. To sweep. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  40. To use a brush on; sweep; touch or move lightly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. An implement, as of bristles. for cleansing, smoothing, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. The act of brushing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. A thicket; wooded country; brushwood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. A bushy object, as the tail of the fox. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. A smart skirmish; a dashing ride; chase. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. An implement for sweeping or rubbing, generally made of bristles, twigs, or feathers; a kind of hair pencil used by painters; brushwood; a thicket; a skirmish, or slight encounter: a bushy tail, particularly of a fox; the luminous appearance of electric matter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. To sweep or rub with a brush; to touch slightly in passing; to remove by brushing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. To move with haste; to skim over lightly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. An article made of hair, bristle, &c., set in wood, for cleaning, as dust from clothes, or for painting; a skirmish; a slight encounter; the tail of a fox. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. To rub or sweep as with a brush; to touch or strike lightly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; -- commonly with off. mso.anu.edu.au
  52. land covered with brush{5}; in Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small. dictgcide_fs
  53. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy; a brush with the law. dictgcide_fs
  54. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; commonly with off. dictgcide_fs
  55. brush, n. an instrument for removing dust, usually made of bristles, twigs, feathers, or stiff grass stems: a kind of hair-pencil used by painters: a painter, one who uses the brush: brushwood: a skirmish or encounter: the tail of a fox: (elect.) a brush-like discharge of sparks: one of the bundles of copper wires or flexible strips in contact with the commutator of the armature on opposite sides, and which carry off the positive and negative currents of electricity generated.--v.t. to remove dust, &c., from by sweeping: to touch lightly in passing: remove (with off): to thrash.--v.i. to move over lightly: to make off with a rush.--n. BRUSH'ING, the act of rubbing or sweeping.--adj. in a lively manner: brisk.--ns. BRUSH'-WHEEL, a wheel used in light machinery to turn another by having the rubbing surface covered with stiff hairs or bristles; BRUSH'WOOD, rough close bushes: a thicket.--adj. BRUSH'Y, rough, rugged.--TO BRUSH UP, to brighten, revive. [O. Fr. brosse, a brush, brushwood--Low L. bruscia; Diez connects the Fr. with Old High Ger. burst, bursta, bristle.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  56. A well-known instrument, used in medicine chiefly for the following purposes :-1. To clean the teeth. 2. To remove the saw-dust which adheres to the teeth of the trephine, during the operation of trephining. 3. To rub the surface of the body, for the purpose of exciting the skin, and favouring transpiration. Westring, a Swedish physician, has recommended metallic brushes for the purpose of conveying galvanism to a part. These brushes consist of a plate of ebony fitted to another of gold, in which threads of the same metal are fixed ;-the brush being connected with one of the poles of the galvanic pile. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  57. (Archaic& United States, Austral., &c.) brushwood or underwood, thicket, small trees& shrubs growing or (in United States) cut in fagots; implement of bristles, hair, wire, &c., set in wood &c. for scrubbing or sweeping; bunch of hairs &c. in straight handle, quill, &c., for painting &c.; the b., art of painting, b., painter\'s style, painter (from the same b.); tail, esp. of fox; b.-like tuft; (Electr.) b.-like discharge of sparks, piece of metal ending in wires or strips securing good metallic connexion; (Optics) bright or dark figure with vague edge; application of b., brushing, esp. b. up, [f. foll.] short smart encounter, skirmish, graze, abrasion, [f. foll] b.-pencil, artist\'s colour-b.; brushwood, undergrowth, thicket; b.-work, painter\'s (style of) manipulation. Hence brushy n. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  58. Move briskly, esp. by, through, against; sweep or scrub clean, put in order, with b.; b. up, furbish, (fig.) renew one\'s memory of; b. over, paint lightly; graze or touch in passing; remove (dust &c.) with b.; b. away (fig.), ignore, pass over; injure by grazing. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  59. n. [Old Hebrew, German] An instrument of bristles, &c., used for removing dust, laying on colours, &c.;—branches of trees lopped of; brush-wood;—a thicket of shrubs or small trees;—a skirmish; a slight encounter;—the bushy tail of the fox or squirrel. Cabinet Dictionary
  60. An instrument for rubbing; a rude assault, a shock. Complete Dictionary

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