Electrical 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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