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brush

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noun \ ˈbrəsh \

Definition of brush

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

Origin and Etymology of brush

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


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brush

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: such 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 and Etymology of brush

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


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brush

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

brusher

noun

First Known Use of brush

15th century


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brush

noun

Definition of brush

:a brief encounter or skirmish
  • a brush with disaster
  • a brush with the law

Origin and Etymology of brush

Middle English brusche rush, hostile collision, from bruschen


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brush

verb

Definition of brush

intransitive verb
:to move lightly or heedlessly
  • brushed past the well-wishers waiting to greet him

Origin and Etymology of brush

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



BRUSH Defined for Kids

1

brush

play
noun \ ˈbrəsh \

Definition of brush for Students

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

2

brush

verb

Definition of brush for Students

brushed; brushing
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.

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brush

noun

Definition of brush for Students

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

4

brush

noun

Definition of brush for Students

:a brief fight or quarrel


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