air·​brush | \ ˈer-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce airbrush (audio) \

Definition of airbrush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an atomizer for applying by compressed air a fine spray (as of paint or liquid color)


airbrushed; airbrushing; airbrushes

Definition of airbrush (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to paint, treat, or alter (as to conceal imperfections) with or as if with an airbrush airbrush a photograph

Examples of airbrush in a Sentence

Verb That photograph must have been airbrushed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, if your household also wants to take advantage of the compressor to inflate bicycle tires or run an airbrush for painting, its portability can’t be beat. Popular Science, "Air compressors to power pneumatic tools," 11 May 2020 Benefit Salon: Win a bridal experience of custom hair and airbrush makeup for the day of the wedding in 2021. Includes bride and four bridesmaids. Luann Gibbs,, "Everything But The House to auction off unique Cincinnati experiences," 28 Apr. 2020 The Test Kitchen’s trusty airbrush kit has made a few appearances: for Skittles, M&Ms, and Jelly Bellys. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "11 Crafty Cooking Tools Claire Saffitz Has Rigged on Gourmet Makes," 19 Mar. 2020 Guests will also have the option to customize their merchandise at an airbrush station outside the truck. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "A 'Barbie Truck' toting retro-inspired merch is headed for the Woodlands Mall," 18 Dec. 2019 Thirteen male models were given a stripe of custom lime green paint across their eyes using a Temptu airbrush device. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Dior Men's Show in Miami Made a Case for Cyber-Surfer Makeup," 4 Dec. 2019 The kit comes with a handheld airbrush compressor and its components, and air pods for foundation, bronzer, blush, and highlighter. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "I Tried The TEMPTU Airbrush Foundation Machine, This Is What I Learned," 2 Oct. 2019 My obsession with trying the TEMPTU airbrush machine started pretty early in my beauty junkie journey. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "I Tried The TEMPTU Airbrush Foundation Machine, This Is What I Learned," 2 Oct. 2019 One of the most common sunless tanning treatments is spray tanning, when a tanning formula is sprayed on a client either by a machine or by a technician via airbrush. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Here's How to Make Your Spray Tan Last Even Longer," 17 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Photoshop and Lightroom are ubiquitous applications used to airbrush magazine covers, create art, and in some instances, to misinform the public. Nico Grant,, "Adobe Unveils Authentication Tool in Battle Against Deepfakes," 20 Oct. 2020 While questioning attempts to airbrush the past, Cleese expressed his support for the aims of the Black Lives Matter protest movement. USA TODAY, "'Fawlty Towers' episode removed from UK streaming service due to 'racial slurs'," 13 June 2020 Pollock attended a workshop that Siqueiros conducted in New York, in 1936, teaching innovative techniques: using non-paint materials, airbrushing, and, among other heterodox procedures, dripping and pouring. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Lasting Influence of Mexico’s Great Muralists," 24 Feb. 2020 Its custom design, all hand painted or airbrushed, included a portrait of Hondo wearing his police harness. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A police dog killed in the line of duty will be buried in a special casket bearing his portrait," 23 Feb. 2020 The firestorm of criticism of the nation’s historical record-keeper prompted essays on how other nations, such as Russia, had airbrushed historic photographs to alter a nation’s memory. National Geographic, "How do photographers cover the world's deadly viruses?," 24 Jan. 2020 More chains are adding plus sizes, using models with diverse body types or shunning airbrushing in ads. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Pregnant Women Have No Choice But to Wear Ugly Clothes," 6 Nov. 2019 In death, there is often a rush to canonize the deceased, airbrush away all their faults and sins. Globe Staff,, "For Kobe Bryant, basketball wasn’t just a vocation, it was an outlet for his genius," 27 Jan. 2020 The government can’t airbrush history or erase women’s bodies from it. NBC News, "Blurring 'Trump,' other words in Women's March photo was mistake, National Archives says," 18 Jan. 2020

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1884, in the meaning defined above


1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Airbrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of airbrush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that is used to spray a liquid (such as paint) onto a surface



English Language Learners Definition of airbrush (Entry 2 of 2)

: to paint or treat (something, such as a photograph) with an airbrush especially to make improvements

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