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 No support undergirds Besemer’s brushstroke, 3 feet tall and 10 inches wide. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 For 30 years, the artist James Nares, now known as Jamie, has made paintings that each consist of a single, giant brushstroke, minimalist and maximalist at once. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Our facility also contains approximately four hundred throw pillows decorated with brushstroke outlines of breasts. Cara Michelle Smith, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 Brushstroke by brushstroke, the show paints this lovely picture of the life that Sam has chosen to build for herself and her family. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Feb. 2022 In Le Viol, each brushstroke is made with painstaking deliberation, resulting in a weighty stillness that calls to mind the Mona Lisa. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2022 Never mind the brushstroke, insisted Magritte, who undersold his prodigious painterly talents. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 There’s reality and a brushstroke of brutality in it. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2021 One more step and the landscape dissolves into color and brushstroke. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of brushstroke

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Brushstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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