brush
I. noun Etymology: Middle English brusch, from an Anglo-French form akin to Old French broce brushwood, Medieval Latin brusca Date: 14th century 1. brushwood 2. a. scrub vegetation b. land covered with scrub vegetation II. noun Etymology: Middle English brusshe, from an Anglo-French form akin to Middle French broisse Date: 14th century 1. a device composed of bristles typically set into a handle and used especially for sweeping, smoothing, scrubbing, or painting 2. something resembling a brush: as a. a bushy tail b. a feather tuft worn on a hat 3. an electrical conductor that makes sliding contact between a stationary and a moving part (as of a generator or a motor) 4. a. an act of brushing b. a quick light touch or momentary contact in passing III. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. a. to apply a brush to b. to apply with a brush 2. a. to remove with passing strokes (as of a brush) b. to dispose of in an offhand way ; dismiss <
brushed him off
>
3. to pass lightly over or across ; touch gently against in passing • brusher noun IV. noun Etymology: Middle English brusche rush, hostile collision, from bruschen Date: 14th century a brief encounter or skirmish <
a brush with disaster
>
<
a brush with the law
>
V. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English bruschen to rush, probably from Middle French brosser to dash through underbrush, from broce Date: 1674 to move lightly or heedlessly <
brushed past the well-wishers waiting to greet him
>

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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