paint·brush | \ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh \

Definition of paintbrush 

1 : a brush for applying paint

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Simply having a famous actor grow a beard and pick up a paintbrush isn’t a recipe for a great drama. Edouard Deluc, New York Times, "Review: ‘Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti’ Doesn’t Make Much of a (Post-) Impression," 10 July 2018 As temperatures continue to rise, upper desert slopes and canyons welcome desert dandelion, Mojave aster, indigo bush, and desert paintbrush. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Any of these bold hues will wake up a dreary space with the stroke of a paintbrush. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Pick Their Favorite Hues From Valspar's Colors of the Year," 19 Jan. 2018 Students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña used paintbrushes to create those 17 strokes. Erika Pesantes,, "Manuel Oliver, father of slain Stoneman Douglas student, uses art to help his son's peers heal," 21 June 2018 Scientists wield the wire not as a weapon, but as an intricate paintbrush—using its needlelike tip to position single atoms on a tiny semiconductor canvas. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms," 23 May 2018 Dip the tip of a wide, stiff paintbrush into the mixture. Emily Nabors Hall, Country Living, "Speckled Malted Coconut Cake," 25 Feb. 2016 What to do: 1. Use a dry paintbrush to remove any dust. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Holes or Cracks in Plaster," 11 Feb. 2015 But, in March, guards noticed a paintbrush in his cell. Samantha Melamed,, "Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration?," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of paintbrush

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paintbrush was in 1815

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English Language Learners Definition of paintbrush

: a brush used for putting paint on a surface


paint·brush | \ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh \

Kids Definition of paintbrush

: a tool with bristles that is used to apply paint

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