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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.
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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