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Definitions of brush

  1. sweep across or over; " Her long skirt brushed the floor"; " A gasp swept cross the audience"
  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"
  3. the act of brushing your hair; " he gave his hair a quick brush"
  4. the act of brushing your teeth; " the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
  5. a minor short- term fight
  6. an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
  7. conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
  8. momentary contact
  9. a dense growth of bushes
  10. remove with or as if with a brush; " brush away the crumbs"; " brush the dust from the jacket"; " brush aside the objections"
  11. rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; " Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"
  12. cover by brushing; " brush the bread with melted butter"
  13. touch lightly and briefly; " He brushed the wall lightly"
  14. clean with a brush; " She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
  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.
  16. The bushy tail of a fox.
  17. A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
  18. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood.
  19. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush.
  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.
  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.
  22. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy.
  23. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
  24. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush.
  25. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush.
  26. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.
  27. In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.
  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.
  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.
  30. To sweep, cleanse, or rub with a brush; touch lightly in passing.
  31. To move with haste; to skim over with a light touch.
  32. Brushy.
  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.
  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.
  35. To remove dust, etc., from by sweeping: to touch lightly in passing: ( with off) remove.
  36. To move over lightly.
  37. An implement of bristles, feathers, or the like; brushwood; a skirmish.
  38. To move lightly.
  39. To sweep.
  40. To use a brush on; sweep; touch or move lightly.
  41. An implement, as of bristles. for cleansing, smoothing, etc.
  42. The act of brushing.
  43. A thicket; wooded country; brushwood.
  44. A bushy object, as the tail of the fox.
  45. A smart skirmish; a dashing ride; chase.
  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.
  47. To sweep or rub with a brush; to touch slightly in passing; to remove by brushing.
  48. To move with haste; to skim over lightly.
  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.
  50. To rub or sweep as with a brush; to touch or strike lightly.
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Quotes of brush

  1. My children, as long as you live, the shadow of the Hiss Case will brush you. In every pair of eyes that rests on you, you will see pass, like a cloud passing behind a woods in winter, the memory of your father- dissembled in friendly eyes, lurking in unfriendly eyes. – Whittaker Chambers
  2. I have improved the way in which I paint. The colours are cleaner and there is more energy in the brush work. – John Dyer
  3. I can't beleive I'm here to tell the tale, this was my first brush with death, and God must have been looking after us and obviously, it wasn't our time. – Samantha Fox
  4. A hair in the head is worth two in the brush – William Hazlitt
  5. And so my militant philosophy is this: to make with a brush on canvas is a simple direct delight -to make with the movie is the same. – Norman McLaren
  6. Real painters understand with a brush in their hand. – Berthe Morisot
  7. That made me feel very disturbed, because it never seemed to be about how much hard work was involved. Ever. It was about... 'hazel eyes'. It does help if you can brush that stuff off. – Julia Ormond
  8. It's very simple. We are asking baseball to come clean and set the record straight. Either baseball officials seriously want to rid their sport of doping, or they want to brush the issue under the carpet. So far, we haven't seen much evidence of the former. – Richard Pound
  9. But I always curl my lashes, even if I don't put on mascara. I'll also put on a lip gloss or lip balm. And I always brush my eyebrows. I have very thick eyebrows- I'm just now starting to thin them out a bit. – Denise Richards
  10. When we draw on the tablet, the drawing shows up on the computer screen. If we have chosen to tell the computer that the stylist is to behave like a piece of chalk, or a pen, or a wet brush it will. – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  11. I just think that it's maybe fashionable today to try to take individual actions and individual failures and take the broadest possible brush and try to paint a company. – Lee Scott
  12. In my hand luggage I always have my camera, iPod, make -up bag, tooth brush cleansing products, clean underwear, socks and a change of clothes in case anything goes missing at the other end- and of course my passport. – Lisa Snowdon
  13. I will preach with my brush – Henry Ossawa Tanner
  14. My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness. – Janine Turner

Usage examples for brush

  1. But it will also be found necessary to occasionally clean the file with a file- brush or file- card. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. " If only he'd stick out there in the brush where he belongs, I'd let him stay," she explained. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  3. Even Grindhusen joined in and took a brush – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  4. Now wash your hands, brush your hair, and go to the schoolroom. – The Eagle's Nest by S. E. Cartwright
  5. And then you made him crawl out of the brush and come to you? – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  6. Gradually the Americans and Cubans descended the slope, shooting as they went, and closing in upon the enemy in hiding about the huts and in the brush – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  7. She forgot that Mrs Pelham did not brush and put away clothes herself. – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  8. " Look out he doesn't think you are a fly and try to brush you off," laughed Harry from below. – The Boy Aviators in Africa by Captain Wilbur Lawton
  9. Hubert, however, did not say anything, but began to brush my coat with his hand. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  10. Mr Lenorme is certainly very clever with his brush – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  11. " You look as if you'd been torpedoed," Wig said; " stand still till we brush you off. – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  12. Then when the light would leave her brush She'd sit there still, in the dim hush, And say aloud, lest tears should rush- " Pray for a tired little woman." – Nirvana Days by Cale Young Rice
  13. When it is dry, brush it off, and it will look like new stone. – The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia M. Child
  14. They had been thus occupied for some time when Selene at last raised her head and was about to take up her brush again. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. The Sauk and Shawanoe waited further, but nothing was heard that threw the least light on the plans or doings of the warriors with whom Deerfoot had had such a sharp brush – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  16. She would brush it herself. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  17. Then he brought a clean towel, and showed Jimmy where to find the soap and the comb and brush – The Little Clown by Thomas Cobb
  18. The red was at the bottom and sometimes hung over their eyes; then came a broad circle of yellow and the green was at the top and formed a brush shaped top- knot. – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  19. Twilight came early among the trees and brush near the river, but it was not until absolute darkness had descended over the vast expanse of prairie that Larkin gave the order to march. – The Free Range by Francis William Sullivan
  20. I want some fire, to burn up some brush – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott

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