Definition of Brush

1. Noun. A dense growth of bushes.

Exact synonyms: Brushwood, Coppice, Copse, Thicket
Generic synonyms: Botany, Flora, Vegetation
Specialized synonyms: Brake, Canebrake, Spinney, Underbrush, Undergrowth, Underwood
Derivative terms: Brushy



2. Verb. Rub with a brush, or as if with a brush. "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"
Generic synonyms: Rub

3. Noun. An implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle.

4. Verb. Touch lightly and briefly. "He brushed the wall lightly"
Generic synonyms: Touch
Specialized synonyms: Crease, Graze, Rake, Flick
Related verbs: Sweep

5. Noun. Momentary contact.
Exact synonyms: Light Touch
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching

6. Verb. Clean with a brush. "They brush the cape "; "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
Generic synonyms: Clean, Make Clean

7. Noun. Conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor.
Generic synonyms: Electrical Device
Group relationships: Electric Motor, Generator

8. Verb. Sweep across or over. "A gasp swept cross the audience"
Exact synonyms: Sweep
Generic synonyms: Move
Related verbs: Sail, Sweep
Derivative terms: Sweep

9. Noun. A bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox).
Generic synonyms: Tail

10. Verb. Remove with or as if with a brush. "Brush aside the objections"
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

11. Noun. A minor short-term fight.
Exact synonyms: Clash, Encounter, Skirmish
Specialized synonyms: Contretemps
Generic synonyms: Combat, Fight, Fighting, Scrap
Derivative terms: Encounter, Skirmish

12. Verb. Cover by brushing. "They brush the bread with melted butter"; "Brush the bread with melted butter"
Generic synonyms: Cover

13. Noun. The act of brushing your teeth. "The dentist recommended two brushes a day"
Exact synonyms: Brushing
Generic synonyms: Dental Care

14. Noun. The act of brushing your hair. "He gave his hair a quick brush"
Exact synonyms: Brushing
Generic synonyms: Hair Care, Haircare, Hairdressing

15. Noun. Contact with something dangerous or undesirable. "He tried to avoid any brushes with the police"
Generic synonyms: Contact

Definition of Brush

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush.

3. v. i. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.

4. n. In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.

Definition of Brush

1. Noun. An implement consisting of multiple more or less flexible bristles or other filaments attached to a handle, used for any of various purposes including cleaning, painting, and arranging hair. ¹

2. Noun. A piece of conductive material, usually carbon, serving to maintain electrical contact between the stationary and rotating parts of a machine. ¹

3. Noun. The act of brushing something. ¹

4. Noun. Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees. ¹

5. Noun. A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience. ¹

6. Noun. The furry tail of an animal, especially of a fox. ¹

7. Noun. (music) An instrument, resembling a brush, used to produce a soft sound from drums or cymbals. ¹

8. Noun. (video games) In 3D video games, a convex polyhedron, especially one that defines structure of the play area. ¹

9. Noun. (context: poker slang) The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino. ¹

10. Noun. (North Wisconsin, uncountable) Evergreen boughs, especially balsam, locally cut and baled for export, usually for use in wreathmaking. ¹

11. Verb. To clean with a brush. ¹

12. Verb. To untangle or arrange with a brush. ¹

13. Verb. To apply with a brush. ¹

14. Verb. To remove with a sweeping motion. ¹

15. Verb. To touch with a sweeping motion. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Brush

1. to touch lightly [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Brush

1. 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 colours, etc. Brushes have different shapes and names according to their use; as, clothes brush, paint brush, tooth brush, etc. 2. The bushy tail of a fox. 3. A tuft of hair on the mandibles. 4. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood. 5. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush. 6. 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. 7. 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. "[As leaves] have with one winter's brush Fell from their boughts." (Shak) 8. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy. "Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong, And tempt not yet the brushes of the war." (Shak) 9. A short contest, or trial, of speed. "Let us enjoy a brush across the country." (Cornhill Mag) Electrical brush, a form of the electric discharge characterised by a brushlike appearance of luminous rays diverging from an electrified body. Origin: OE. Brusche, OF. Broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, F. Brosse brush, LL. Brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG. Brusta, brust, bristle, G. Borste bristle, burste brush. See Bristle, and cf. Browse. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brush

brunner's glands
brunneroma
brunnerosis
brunogeierite
brunoise
brunonian
brunost
brunt
brunted
brunting
brunts
brupper
brus
bruschetta
bruschettas
brush (current term)
brush-off
brush-offs
brush-tail porcupine
brush-tailed penguin
brush-tailed penguins
brush-tailed phalanger
brush-tailed porcupine
brush-turkey
brush-turkeys
brush aside
brush biopsy
brush border
brush bow

Literary usage of Brush

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1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1913)
"Again he was asked if he was sure it was a clothes brush and he replied that ... The suggestion was then made, why didn't he use it as a clothes brush if it ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1913)
"By AIEE COMMUTATION AND brush LOSS BY CE WILSON Even when made on slip rings, or on special short-circuited commutators, brush loss tests are hard to ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1900)
"As I have employed it, brush massaging consists in kneading all accessible ... The brush is kept in contact with the skin and manipulated with a combined ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature by William Johnson (1860)
"Afterwards, brush, the defendant, said that he had purchased the ... The witness and Sleight were in negotiation for the sale of the premises to brush, ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"the streets of the said City of Montgomery with the brush electric light after the expiration of their present contract with said Pollak & Co., ..."

6. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1909)
"brush Holders DYNAMOS AND MOTORS de Charbon pour Dynamos). The results of an elaborate ... 90763 A. brush Holders. New Carbon brush Gear for Turbo- Dynamos. ..."

7. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1905)
"MATTRESS brush Used fur mattresses in all the best hospitals in the ... RADIATOR brush FLOOR brush Made in the very best quality of mule hair to be had. ..."

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