paint·​brush | \ ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce paintbrush (audio) \

Definition of paintbrush

1 : a brush for applying paint

Examples of paintbrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the paintbrush, daub a pattern onto your cards. Sophie Bushwick, Popular Science, "Make magical scratch-and-sniff holiday cards with the kids," 21 Dec. 2020 With the round paintbrush, lightly coat the back of each specimen with Perfect Paper Adhesive matte glue, which is nontoxic and safe for children. Alexa Brazilian, New York Times, "Separated by Distance? Send Pressed Flowers," 24 Nov. 2020 Next, clean the dust off the rack with your paintbrush and prepare your work area for painting by spreading a drop cloth, old newspapers, or cardboard to protect the floors and walls from any potential splatters. Popular Science, "Turn an old pallet into a handy—and free—bookshelf," 8 Jan. 2021 Apply with a paintbrush and wipe off any excess with a rag [5]. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 Even some of the industry's top designers have been known to pull out the double-stick adhesive or paintbrush for a stealth makeover now and then. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "These High-End Decorating Hacks Will Give You Designer-Level Results," 9 Dec. 2020 Omitting any reference to the brewing company’s ad campaign is like neglecting to mention that Pope Julius II and the Vatican were behind the Sistine Chapel, while Michelangelo was more than just a guy with a paintbrush and a dream. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The hidden truth of LACMA’s Alex Prager show may drive you to drink," 1 Dec. 2020 Mammals, though, seem to have generally gotten the short end of this paintbrush: So far, not many have been found to have coats or skin that fluoresce. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "Platypuses Glow Under Blacklight. We Have No Idea Why.," 13 Nov. 2020 Erica is her name when her paintbrush is not in her hand. Star Tribune, "Get to know the artist behind Anthony Edwards' family paintings: @heypaintella," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of paintbrush

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Feb 2021

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“Paintbrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paintbrush

: a brush used for putting paint on a surface


paint·​brush | \ ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce paintbrush (audio) \

Kids Definition of paintbrush

: a tool with bristles that is used to apply paint

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