brush

Use the noun brush when you want to refer to a quick, light touch. If you are comforting someone you don't know well, you can give their arm a quick brush to show sympathy.

The noun brush can refer to a thick growth of scrub vegetation. You'll have to clear away the brush if you want to plant a garden there. As a verb, brush can mean to sweep, either literally or metaphorically. You can brush the dirt from the floor, but you can't just brush away your past misdeeds. The verb also means to touch lightly. If you are baking and you brush your hand across your cheek, chances are you'll leave a trail of flour there.

Primary Meanings of brush

1.
nv
an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
2.
nv
contact with something dangerous or undesirable
touch lightly and briefly
3.
n
conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
4.
n
a dense growth of bushes
Full Definitions of brush
1

n an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle

Types:
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bottlebrush
a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles
bristle brush
a brush that is made with the short stiff hairs of an animal or plant
clothesbrush
a brush used for cleaning clothing
hairbrush
a brush used to groom a person's hair
nailbrush
a brush used to clean a person's fingernails
paintbrush
a brush used as an applicator (to apply paint)
sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencil
an artist's brush made of sable hairs
scrub brush, scrubber, scrubbing brush
a brush with short stiff bristles for heavy cleaning
shaving brush
a brush used to apply lather prior to shaving
toothbrush
small brush; has long handle; used to clean teeth
electric toothbrush
a toothbrush with an electric motor in the handle that vibrates the head of the brush
rigger, rigger brush
a long slender pointed sable brush used by artists
Type of:
implement
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

n a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox)

Type of:
tail
the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

n the act of brushing your teeth

“the dentist recommended two brushes a day”
Synonyms:
brushing
Type of:
dental care
care for the teeth

n the act of brushing your hair

“he gave his hair a quick brush
Synonyms:
brushing
Type of:
hair care, haircare, hairdressing
care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair

v rub with a brush, or as if with a brush

“Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket”
Type of:
rub
move over something with pressure

v clean with a brush

“She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet”
Type of:
clean, make clean
make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

v remove with or as if with a brush

brush away the crumbs”
brush the dust from the jacket”
brush aside the objections”
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v cover by brushing

brush the bread with melted butter”
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
2

n contact with something dangerous or undesirable

“I had a brush with danger on my way to work”
“he tried to avoid any brushes with the police”
Type of:
contact
close interaction

n momentary contact

Synonyms:
light touch
Type of:
touch, touching
the event of something coming in contact with the body

n a minor short-term fight

Synonyms:
clash, encounter, skirmish
Types:
contretemps
an awkward clash
Type of:
combat, fight, fighting, scrap
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

v touch lightly and briefly

“He brushed the wall lightly”
Synonyms:
sweep
sweep across or over
Types:
crease, graze, rake
scrape gently
flick
touch or hit with a light, quick blow
shave
touch the surface of lightly
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v sweep across or over

“Her long skirt brushed the floor”
Synonyms:
sweep
sail, sweep
move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
3

n conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor

Type of:
electrical device
a device that produces or is powered by electricity
4

n a dense growth of bushes

Synonyms:
brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket
Types:
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brake
an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
canebrake
a dense growth of cane (especially giant cane)
spinney
a copse that shelters game
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood
the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
ground cover, groundcover
small plants other than saplings growing on a forest floor
Type of:
botany, flora, vegetation
all the plant life in a particular region or period

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