brush·​stroke | \-ˌstrōk \

Definition of brushstroke 

: the configuration given to paint by contact with the bristles of a brush also : the paint left on a surface by a single application of a brush or palette knife often used figuratively to describe the quality especially of a narrative or description a story told in broad brushstrokes

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Ducey outlined only broad brushstrokes of his proposal. Ricardo Cano, USA TODAY, "Arizona teachers planning three-day vote to decide whether to walk out for higher pay, education money," 16 Apr. 2018 With the loosening of each brushstroke there began a rich play of light and shadow. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 The high, curtained windows of the parlor, coupled with the somber tones of the audience’s Victorian dress, suggested to her a John Singer Sargent portrait; fittingly, the folds of the sheer black veil fall over Gadon’s face like broad brushstrokes. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 Another 20 artworks have been captured in gigapixel resolution through Google’s Art Camera, which lets visitors zoom into Kahlo’s work to see her brushstrokes in vivid detail. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Explore Google’s Sweeping Retrospective on Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy," 26 May 2018 By 1875, wallpaper patterns in one self-portrait take on abstract lives of their own; in another that year, his palette brightens and twinkles, as Impressionistic brushstrokes free themselves from descriptive contours and sculptural mass. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "Cézanne’s Colorful Coterie," 28 Mar. 2018 Honoring traditional Asian arts through her use of Hanji paper, Korean silk, and calligraphic brushstrokes, Moon employs such familiar images as blue-willow china patterns and Korean fans. Matthew J. Palm,, "Jiha Moon explores culture, identity and perception at the Mennello Museum," 9 June 2018 With each brushstroke, grain by grain, they are transported back through the eons, as a distant lizard roars. Mark Washburn, charlotteobserver, "The Dinosaur King in the Queen City? Charlotte kids might not believe the size of this experience | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 But if the broken color brushstrokes of Impressionism were meant to make works glimmer, this picture quivers with unease. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting surreal: Magritte’s late work pops at SFMOMA," 18 May 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brushstroke

: the paint left on a painting by a movement of the artist's brush

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