1. An instrument composed of bristles, or other like material, set in a suitable back or handle, as of wood, bone, or ivory, and used for various purposes, as in removing dust from clothes, laying on colors, etc. Brushes have different shapes and names according to their use; as, clothes brush, paint brush, tooth brush, etc.
2. The bushy tail of a fox.
3. Zool. A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
4. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood.
5. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush.
6. land covered with brush5; in Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.
7. Elec. A bundle of flexible wires or thin plates of metal, used to conduct an electrical current to or from the commutator of a dynamo, electric motor, or similar apparatus.
8. The act of brushing; as, to give one's clothes a brush; a rubbing or grazing with a quick motion; a light touch; as, we got a brush from the wheel as it passed.
[As leaves] have with one winter's brush
Fell from their boughts. --Shak.
9. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy; a brush with the law.
Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong,
And tempt not yet the brushes of the war. --Shak.
10. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
Let us enjoy a brush across the country. --Cornhill Mag.
Electrical brush, a form of the electric discharge characterized by a brushlike appearance of luminous rays diverging from an electrified body.
Brush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brushed p. pr. & vb. n. Brushing.]
1. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. “A' brushes his hat o' mornings.”
2. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush.
Some spread their sailes, some with strong oars sweep
The waters smooth, and brush the buxom wave. --Fairfax.
Brushed with the kiss of rustling wings. --Milton.
3. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; -- commonly with off.
As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed
With raven's feather from unwholesome fen. --Shak.
And from the boughts brush off the evil dew. --Milton.
To brush aside, to remove from one's way, as with a brush.
To brush away, to remove, as with a brush or brushing motion.
To brush up, to paint, or make clean or bright with a brush; to cleanse or improve; to renew.
You have commissioned me to paint your shop, and I have done my best to brush you up like your neighbors. --Pope.
Brush, v. i. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.
Snatching his hat, he brushed off like the wind. --Goldsmith.
n 1: a dense growth of bushes [syn: brushwood, coppice, copse,
2: an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a
3: momentary contact [syn: light touch]
4: conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a
generator or motor
5: a minor short-term fight [syn: clash, encounter, skirmish]
6: the act of brushing your teeth; "the dentist recommended two
brushes a day" [syn: brushing]
7: the act of brushing your hair; "he gave his hair a quick
brush" [syn: brushing]
8: 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"
v 1: rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; "Johnson brushed
the hairs from his jacket"
2: touch lightly and briefly; "He brushed the wall lightly"
3: clean with a brush; "She brushed the suit before hanging it
back into the closet"
4: sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A
gasp swept cross the audience" [syn: sweep]
5: remove with or as if with a brush; "brush away the crumbs";
"brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the
6: cover by brushing; "brush the bread with melted butter"