brush meaning

[ brʌʃ ] Pronunciation:   "brush" in a sentence
Verb: brush  brúsh
  1. Rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
    "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket" 
  2. Touch lightly and briefly
    "He brushed the wall lightly" 
  3. Clean with a brush
    "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet" 
  4. Sweep across or over
    "Her long skirt brushed the floor"
    - sweep 
  5. Remove with or as if with a brush
    "brush away the crumbs"; "brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the objections" 
  6. Cover by brushing
    "brush the bread with melted butter"
Noun: brush  brúsh
  1. A dense growth of bushes
    - brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket 
  2. An implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle 
  3. Momentary contact
    - light touch 
  4. Conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor 
  5. A bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox) 
  6. A minor short-term fight
    - clash, encounter, skirmish 
  7. The act of brushing your teeth
    "the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
    - brushing 
  8. The act of brushing your hair
    "he gave his hair a quick brush"
    - brushing 
  9. 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"

Derived forms: brushed, brushing, brushes

See also: brushy

Type of: botany, clean, combat, contact, cover, dental care, electrical device, fight, fighting, flora, hair care, haircare, hairdressing, implement, make clean, move, remove, rub, scrap, tail, take, take away, touch, touching, vegetation, withdraw

Part of: electric motor, generator

Encyclopedia: Brush Brush, CO Brush, Colorado

[American slang]
n. an encounter; a close shave.
• My brush with the bear was so close I could smell its breath—which was vile, I might add.
• It seemed like a brush with death.


An implement made of natural or artificial bristles which are attached to a handle or back; used for cleaning or painting a surface.


An electric conductor (such as a strip of copper or a carbon rod) which provides electrical contact between a rotating and stationary element in a current motor or generator.

brush, 1

A conductive metal or carbon block used to make sliding electrical contact with a moving part.

A usually metal or carbon strip, blade, or block, that slides in contact with another part, as in a motor commutator.


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  1. she paints with bold strokes of the brush.
  2. he was tarred with profiteering brush.
  3. combs and brushes are toilet articles.
  4. joe brushes regularly and uses mouth-washes.
  5. she sets to work with the scrubbing brush.

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