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Definitions of brush

  1. 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"
  2. the act of brushing your teeth; " the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
  3. a minor short- term fight
  4. an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
  5. conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
  6. momentary contact
  7. a dense growth of bushes
  8. remove with or as if with a brush; " brush away the crumbs"; " brush the dust from the jacket"; " brush aside the objections"
  9. rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; " Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"
  10. cover by brushing; " brush the bread with melted butter"
  11. touch lightly and briefly; " He brushed the wall lightly"
  12. clean with a brush; " She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
  13. 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.
  14. The bushy tail of a fox.
  15. A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
  16. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood.
  17. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy.
  21. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
  22. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush.
  23. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush.
  24. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.
  25. In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.
  26. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; - commonly with off.
  27. 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.
  28. To sweep, cleanse, or rub with a brush; touch lightly in passing.
  29. To move with haste; to skim over with a light touch.
  30. Brushy.
  31. 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.
  32. To remove dust, etc., from by sweeping: to touch lightly in passing: ( with off) remove.
  33. To move over lightly.
  34. An implement of bristles, feathers, or the like; brushwood; a skirmish.
  35. To move lightly.
  36. To sweep.
  37. To use a brush on; sweep; touch or move lightly.
  38. An implement, as of bristles. for cleansing, smoothing, etc.
  39. The act of brushing.
  40. A thicket; wooded country; brushwood.
  41. A bushy object, as the tail of the fox.
  42. A smart skirmish; a dashing ride; chase.
  43. 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.
  44. To sweep or rub with a brush; to touch slightly in passing; to remove by brushing.
  45. To move with haste; to skim over lightly.
  46. 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.
  47. To rub or sweep as with a brush; to touch or strike lightly.
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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. " 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
  3. And then you made him crawl out of the brush and come to you? – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  4. 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
  5. When it is dry, brush it off, and it will look like new stone. – The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia M. Child
  6. 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
  7. I want some fire, to burn up some brush. – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  8. Now wash your hands, brush your hair, and go to the schoolroom. – The Eagle's Nest by S. E. Cartwright
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Hubert, however, did not say anything, but began to brush my coat with his hand. – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley
  14. She would brush it herself. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  15. " 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
  16. Mr Lenorme is certainly very clever with his brush. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  17. She forgot that Mrs Pelham did not brush and put away clothes herself. – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  18. Even Grindhusen joined in and took a brush. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  19. 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
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