Definitions for BRUSHbrʌʃ

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  1. an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like and a handle, used for painting, cleaning, grooming, etc.

  2. either of a pair of wire-bristled, brushlike devices used to mark a soft rhythmic beat on drums or cymbals.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. the bushy tail of an animal, esp. a fox.

    Category: Zoology

  4. an electrical conductor, often of carbon or copper, serving to maintain electric contact between stationary and moving parts of a motor, generator, etc.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  5. any feathery or hairy tuft or tassel.

  6. an application of a brush.

  7. a light, stroking touch.

  8. a close approach, esp. to something undesirable or harmful; skirmish:

    a brush with disaster.

  9. the brush, a rejection or rebuff.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. (v.t.)to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.

  11. to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over.

  12. to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over.

  13. (v.i.)to move or skim with a slight contact.

  14. brush aside, to disregard; ignore.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  15. brush back,Baseball. to force (a batter) away from the plate with a fastball pitched high and inside.

    Category: Sport

  16. brush off, to rebuff; send away.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  17. brush up (on), to revive or review.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of brush:

1350–1400; (n.) ME brusshe


  1. a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket. dense, low-growing bushes and shrubs. land or area covered with dense, low growth.

  2. Ref: brushwood (defs. 1, 2). 1 2

Origin of brush:

1350–1400; ME brusshe < MF broisse, OF broce underbrush

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brush, brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket(noun)

    a dense growth of bushes

  2. brush(noun)

    an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle

  3. brush, light touch(noun)

    momentary contact

  4. brush(noun)

    conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor

  5. brush(noun)

    a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox)

  6. brush, clash, encounter, skirmish(noun)

    a minor short-term fight

  7. brush, brushing(noun)

    the act of brushing your teeth

    "the dentist recommended two brushes a day"

  8. brush, brushing(noun)

    the act of brushing your hair

    "he gave his hair a quick brush"

  9. brush(verb)

    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"

  10. brush(verb)

    rub with a brush, or as if with a brush

    "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"

  11. brush(verb)

    touch lightly and briefly

    "He brushed the wall lightly"

  12. brush(verb)

    clean with a brush

    "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"

  13. brush, sweep(verb)

    sweep across or over

    "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"

  14. brush(verb)

    remove with or as if with a brush

    "brush away the crumbs"; "brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the objections"

  15. brush(verb)

    cover by brushing

    "brush the bread with melted butter"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. brush(noun)ʌʃ

    an object with stiff hairs used for painting, cleaning, making hair neat, etc.

    a hair brush; a scrubbing/paint brush

  2. brushʌʃ

    a brief experience of sth unpleasant

    a brush with the police

  3. brush(verb)ʌʃ

    to clean or neaten with a brush

    to brush your hair/teeth

  4. brushʌʃ

    to touch lightly

    She felt his leg brush against hers.


  1. brush(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.

  2. brush(Noun)

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

  3. brush(Noun)

    The act of brushing something.

    She gave her hair a quick brush.

  4. brush(Noun)

    Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees.

  5. brush(Noun)

    A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience.

    He has had brushes with communism from time to time.

  6. brush(Noun)

    The furry tail of an animal, especially of a fox.

  7. brush(Noun)

    An instrument, resembling a brush, used to produce a soft sound from drums or cymbals.

  8. brush(Noun)

    In 3D video games, a convex polyhedron, especially one that defines structure of the play area.

  9. brush(Noun)

    The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino.

  10. brush(Verb)

    To clean with a brush.

    Brush your teeth.

  11. brush(Verb)

    To untangle or arrange with a brush.

    Brush your hair.

  12. brush(Verb)

    To apply with a brush.

    Brush the paint onto the walls.

  13. brush(Verb)

    To remove with a sweeping motion.

    Brush the flour off your clothes.

  14. brush(Verb)

    To touch with a sweeping motion.

    Her scarf brushed his skin.

  15. brush(Noun)

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

  16. Origin: brusshe, from broisse (compare Modern brosse) from of origin, from bruskaz, from bhreus-. Akin to bürste, byrst, broz, breost, bъrščь.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brush(noun)

    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. Brush(noun)

    the bushy tail of a fox

  3. Brush(noun)

    a tuft of hair on the mandibles

  4. Brush(noun)

    branches of trees lopped off; brushwood

  5. Brush(noun)

    a thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush

  6. Brush(noun)

    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. Brush(noun)

    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. Brush(noun)

    a skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy

  9. Brush(noun)

    a short contest, or trial, of speed

  10. Brush(noun)

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

  11. Brush(noun)

    to touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush

  12. Brush(noun)

    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. Brush(verb)

    to move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by


  1. Brush

    A brush is a tool with bristles, wire or other filaments, used for cleaning, grooming hair, make up, painting, surface finishing and for many other purposes. It is one of the most basic and versatile tools known to mankind, and the average household may contain several dozen varieties. It generally consists of a handle or block to which filaments are affixed either parallel- or perpendicular-wise, depending on the way the brush is to be gripped during use. The material of both the block and bristles or filaments is chosen to withstand hazards of its application, such as corrosive chemicals, heat or abrasion.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Brush

    In electric current generators and motors, the pieces of copper or other material that bear against the cylindrical surface of the commutator are thus termed. Many different constructions have been employed. Some have employed little wheels or discs bearing against and rotating on the surface of the commutator. A bundle of copper strips is often employed, placed flatwise. Sometimes the same are used, but are placed edgewise. Wire in bundles, soldered together at their distant ends have been employed. Carbon brushes, which are simply rods or slabs of carbon, are used with much success. Synonym--Collecting Brush.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BRUSH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3897

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BRUSH' in Nouns Frequency: #2048

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BRUSH' in Verbs Frequency: #705

Anagrams of BRUSH

  1. shrub

Translations for BRUSH

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an instrument with bristles, wire, hair etc for cleaning, scrubbing etc

a toothbrush; He sells brushes.

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