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1brush

noun \ˈbrəsh\

Definition of BRUSH

1
:  brushwood
2
a :  scrub vegetation
b :  land covered with scrub vegetation
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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

2brush

noun

Definition of BRUSH

1
:  a device composed of bristles typically set into a handle and used especially for sweeping, smoothing, scrubbing, or painting
2
:  something resembling a brush: as
a :  a bushy tail
b :  a feather tuft worn on a hat
3
:  an electrical conductor that makes sliding contact between a stationary and a moving part (as of a generator or a motor)
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

3brush

verb

Definition of BRUSH

transitive verb
1
a :  to apply a brush to
b :  to apply with a brush
2
a :  to remove with passing strokes (as of a brush)
b :  to dispose of in an offhand way :  dismiss <brushed him off>
3
:  to pass lightly over or across :  touch gently against in passing
brush·er noun

First Known Use of BRUSH

15th century

4brush

noun

Definition of BRUSH

:  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

5brush

verb

Definition of BRUSH

intransitive verb
:  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
BRUSHING Defined for Kids

1brush

noun \ˈbrəsh\

Definition of BRUSH for Kids

1
:  a tool made of bristles set in a handle and used for cleaning, smoothing, or painting
2
:  an act of smoothing or scrubbing with a brush
3
:  a light stroke <a brush of the hand>
4
:  a bushy tail

2brush

verb
brushedbrush·ing

Definition of BRUSH for Kids

1
:  to scrub or smooth with a brush <Brush your hair.>
2
:  to remove with or as if with a brush <I brushed up the dirt.>
3
:  to pass lightly across <A twig brushed my cheek.>

3brush

noun

Definition of BRUSH for Kids

1
:  branches and twigs cut from trees
2
:  a heavy growth of small trees and bushes

4brush

noun

Definition of BRUSH for Kids

:  a brief fight or quarrel

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