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

Definition of paintbrush

1 : a brush for applying paint

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Or as spatters from an assault on the image by an attacker with a paintbrush? William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Beyond Truth: Photography After the Shutter’ Review: The Ever-Evolving Image," 23 Feb. 2019 The team of archaeologists also use paintbrushes and Tupperware containers to excavate and transport fossils to the surface—a curious juxtaposition of gear from the Dollar Store with the sophisticated technology of cameras, cables, and Internet. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Disposable paintbrush • Sandpaper or abrasive discs Step 1: Bend the uprights First, find a friend. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Beautiful Log Rack," 14 Feb. 2015 There's a harrowing scene in Toy Story 3 where our intrepid heroes are savaged by kids who use Buzz Lightyear as a hammer, Slinky Dog as a slingshot, and Jessie as a paintbrush. Heather Cocks, Redbook, "Why I Let My Kids Break All the Rules," 7 July 2011 Sotheby’s sold a Northern Song-era vessel for washing paintbrushes—but the overall recalibration could expand the collector base. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "In London, Collectors Get Fired Up for Ceramics," 6 Oct. 2018 And then, in a real Mark Twain moment, Elon Musk, in the fashion of Tom Sawyer when whitewashing the fence, open-sourced the hyperloop project, and challenged the works, essentially tricking his friends into picking up the paintbrush. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 That work led to a new bendy paintbrush in Adobe Illustrator 5. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 The oversize wooden paintbrush was given to me as a present. Milton Glaser, WSJ, "Milton Glaser Shares a Few of His Favorite Things," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of paintbrush

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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