Brush
Brush 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 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The bushy tail of a fox. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A tuft of hair on the mandibles. [1913 Webster]

4. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood. [1913 Webster]

5. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush. [1913 Webster]

6. land covered with brush[5]; in Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

7. (Elec.) 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. [1913 Webster]

8. 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. [1913 Webster]

[As leaves] have with one winter's brush Fell from their boughts. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy; a brush with the law. [1913 Webster]

Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong, And tempt not yet the brushes of the war. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. A short contest, or trial, of speed. [1913 Webster]

Let us enjoy a brush across the country. --Cornhill Mag. [1913 Webster]

{Electrical brush}, a form of the electric discharge characterized by a brushlike appearance of luminous rays diverging from an electrified body. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Brush — bezeichnet: eine Kleinstadt im US Bundesstaat Colorado, siehe Brush (Colorado) Pinsel bzw. Pinselspitzen für Grafikprogramme, siehe Digitales Malen im Leveldesign von Computerspielen das Volumen, die Wände, Decken und andere räumliche Gebilde,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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

  • brush — brush·a·bil·i·ty; brush; brush·ite; brush·less; sage·brush; sage·brush·er; scratch·brush·er; brush·er; brush·man; …   English syllables

  • 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 — 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 — [n1] tool with bristles for cleaning besom, broom, hairbrush, mop, polisher, sweeper, toothbrush, waxer, whisk; concept 499 brush [n2] fight clash, conflict, confrontation, encounter, engagement, fracas, rub, run in, scrap, set to, skirmish, tap …   New thesaurus

  • Brush — Brush, v. i. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by. [1913 Webster] Snatching his hat, he brushed off like the wind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brush — Brush, CO U.S. city in Colorado Population (2000): 5117 Housing Units (2000): 1923 Land area (2000): 2.413702 sq. miles (6.251460 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.413702 sq. miles (6.251460 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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