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brush

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noun \ˈbrəsh\

Definition of brush

  1. 1 :  brushwood

  2. 2 a :  scrub vegetation b :  land covered with scrub vegetation



Origin of brush

Middle English brusch, from an Anglo-French form akin to Old French broce brushwood, Medieval Latin brusca


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with brush


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brush

noun

Definition of brush

  1. 1 :  a device composed of bristles typically set into a handle and used especially for sweeping, smoothing, scrubbing, or painting

  2. 2 :  something resembling a brush: as a :  a bushy tail b :  a feather tuft worn on a hat

  3. 3 :  an electrical conductor that makes sliding contact between a stationary and a moving part (as of a generator or a motor)

  4. 4 a :  an act of brushing b :  a quick light touch or momentary contact in passing



Origin of brush

Middle English brusshe, from an Anglo-French form akin to Middle French broisse


First Known Use: 14th century


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brush

verb

Definition of brush

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to apply a brush to b :  to apply with a brush

  3. 2 a :  to remove with passing strokes (as of a brush) b :  to dispose of in an offhand way :  dismiss <brushed him off>

  4. 3 :  to pass lightly over or across :  touch gently against in passing

brush·er noun


15th Century

First Known Use of brush

15th century


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brush

noun

Definition of brush

  1. :  a brief encounter or skirmish <a brush with disaster> <a brush with the law>



Origin of brush

Middle English brusche rush, hostile collision, from bruschen


First Known Use: 14th century


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brush

verb

Definition of brush

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move lightly or heedlessly <brushed past the well-wishers waiting to greet him>



Origin of brush

Middle English bruschen to rush, probably from Middle French brosser to dash through underbrush, from broce


First Known Use: 1674




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