paintbrush

The long-handled tool with bristles that artists use for dabbing color onto canvas is a paintbrush. If you want to tint your walls in shades of pink, you'll also need a paintbrush.

Although some painters have famously splattered, dripped, rolled, and otherwise creatively applied paint to a canvas, the vast majority of them use paintbrushes. The type of paintbrush a housepainter uses has a shorter handle and wider bristles, but its purpose is the same: to smoothly and precisely apply paint to a surface. Whether your medium is watercolors, oil paints, or deck stain, your paintbrush will have soft bristles and a wooden or plastic handle.

Definitions of paintbrush
  1. noun
    a brush used as an applicator (to apply paint)
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    type of:
    applicator, applier
    a device for applying a substance
    brush
    an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
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