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Definition of Brush


  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.
  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.
  8. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy.
  9. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
  10. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush.
  11. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush.
  12. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; -- commonly with off.
  13. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.
  14. In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.

Brush Quotations

I will preach with my brush.
Henry Ossawa Tanner

I brush my teeth with a Sonicare toothbrush before every show.
David Copperfield

It's obviously unfair to paint with a broad brush here, but the germ of an idea for a breakthrough in technology doesn't come out of a business school curriculum. It comes out of a laboratory or a math lecture or a physics tutorial.
Michael Moritz

I'm satisfied and proud of the things I did - even the bumps and the bruises that I've had on the way. You fall down, you get up, you brush yourself off and you keep going. And that's what we're doing.
Gucci Mane

Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative.
Steve Prefontaine
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Brush Translations

brush in Afrikaans is borsel
brush in Dutch is borstelen, schuieren
brush in Finnish is harja
brush in French is brosse, brossent, brosser, brossons, brossez
brush in Italian is pennello, spazzola
brush in Latin is peniculus
brush in Portuguese is escova
brush in Spanish is brocha, cepillo, pincel, cepillar
brush in Swedish is borste, borsta, pensel
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