brush·​stroke | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌstrōk How to pronounce brushstroke (audio) \

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

Examples of brushstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The physical works boast realistic brushstroke textures, and each one has been inscribed with a code linking it to a non-fungible token (NFT), or digital file certifying its authenticity. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Used A.I. to Recreate a Landscape Hidden Beneath a Picasso Painting," 14 Apr. 2021 Literary fiction is a canvas for an expansive array of experiences and emotions, but simple happiness may be too broad a brushstroke for some. Lauren Leblanc, Los Angeles Times, "Escape 2021’s sourdough hellscape with Laurie Colwin’s delightful reissued books," 25 Mar. 2021 While the latter are still groomed, the crossover effect of the hair strokes and the way the light catches the brow produces a far more natural, three-dimensional finish than a generic straight brushstroke. Jessica Harris,, "Forget Microblading — Hyperrealism Brows Are Taking Over & They’re So Natural," 6 Jan. 2021 And the twigs can do it with an appeal that’s less Mario Buatta chintz and more Scandinavian farmhouse; more pencil line than lavish brushstroke. Washington Post, "In this season of austerity, there’s a cold sort of beauty in decorating with twigs," 1 Dec. 2020 To be able to grab Precious Achiuwa at No. 20 looks like another masterful brushstroke. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is Adebayo, Achiuwa in tandem a realistic Heat possibility?," 20 Nov. 2020 Collecting and displaying in depth allows museums to visualize the cultures, histories, and periods behind and beyond the brushstroke, but Zumthor’s design bakes a short, provincializing attention span into the boxes. Joseph Giovannini, The New York Review of Books, "The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture," 2 Oct. 2020 Designed by Bertone's Marcello Gandini, the Miura is a Botticelli brushstroke brought to life on top of clever engineering. Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The Sixties," 29 June 2020 Injera underneath acts as a palette while the flavors bleed and blend; your fingers are the brushstrokes. Los Angeles Times, "Takeout and other ways to treat ourselves well during the shutdown," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of brushstroke

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brushstroke was in 1879

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20 Apr 2021

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“Brushstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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