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Meaning of BRUSH

Pronunciation:  brush

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [n]  the act of brushing your hair; "he gave his hair a quick brush"
  3. [n]  the act of brushing your teeth; "the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
  4. [n]  a minor short-term fight
  5. [n]  an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
  6. [n]  conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
  7. [n]  momentary contact
  8. [n]  a dense growth of bushes
  9. [v]  remove with or as if with a brush; "brush away the crumbs"; "brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the objections"
  10. [v]  touch lightly and briefly; "He brushed the wall lightly"
  11. [v]  rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"
  12. [v]  clean with a brush; "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
  13. [v]  cover by brushing; "brush the bread with melted butter"
  14. [v]  sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"

BRUSH is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: brushing, brushwood, clash, coppice, copse, encounter, light touch, skirmish, sweep, thicket
 See Also: bottlebrush, brake, bristle, bristle brush, canebrake, clean, clothesbrush, combat, contact, contretemps, cover, crease, dental care, electric motor, electrical device, fight, fighting, flick, flora, generator, graze, grip, hair care, hairbrush, hairdressing, handgrip, handle, hold, implement, make clean, move, nailbrush, paintbrush, rake, remove, rub, sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencil, scrub brush, scrubber, scrubbing brush, shaving brush, spinney, take, take away, toothbrush, touch, touch, touching, underbrush, undergrowth, underwood, vegetation, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brush\, n. [OE. brusche, OF. broche, broce, brosse,
    brushwood, F. brosse brush, LL. brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG.
    brusta, brust, bristle, G. borste bristle, b["u]rste brush.
    See {Bristle}, n., and cf. {Browse}.]
    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. (Zo["o]l.) 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. (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
    7. 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.
    8. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as,
       to have a brush with an enemy.
             Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong, And
             tempt not yet the brushes of the war. --Shak.
    9. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
             Let us enjoy a brush across the country. --Cornhill
    {Electrical brush}, a form of the electric discharge
       characterized by a brushlike appearance of luminous rays
       diverging from an electrified body.
  2. \Brush\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brushed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Brushing}.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See {Brush}, n.]
    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.'' --Shak.
    2. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a
             Some spread their sailes, some with strong oars
             sweep The waters smooth, and brush the buxom wave.
             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.
    {To brush aside}, to remove from one's way, as with a brush.
    {To brush away}, to remove, as with a brush or brushing
    {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.
  3. \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.
  4. \Brush\, n.
    In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil,
    including shrubs and trees, mostly small.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a brush, symbolizes your desire to brush away problems or something in your life that needs to be cleaned up. Perhaps you are taking a nonchalant attitude to circumstances that need serious consideration. If you lose or can't find your brush, then suggests that you are unable to sort our your problems.
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