paint·​brush | \ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh \

Definition of paintbrush 

1 : a brush for applying paint

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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 Use a paintbrush to apply orange fabric paint to the bill of a yellow hat; let dry about 2 hours. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "40 of the Cutest Family Halloween Costumes Ever," 30 June 2017 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of paintbrush

: a tool with bristles that is used to apply paint

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