brush: Meaning and Definition of
- an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc.
- one of a pair of devices consisting of long, thin handles with wire bristles attached, used in jazz or dance bands for keeping a soft, rhythmic beat on the trap drums or the cymbals.
- the bushy tail of an animal, esp. of a fox.
- a conductor, often made of carbon or copper or a combination of the two, serving to maintain electric contact between stationary and moving parts of a machine, generator, or other apparatus.
- Seebrush discharge.
- a feathery or hairy tuft or tassel, as on the tip of a kernel of grain or on a man's hat.
- an act or instance of brushing; application of a brush.
- a light, stroking touch.
- a brief encounter: He has already had one brush with the law.
- a close approach, esp. to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster.
- to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush.
- to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.
- to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
- to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over: His lips brushed her ear.
- to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: His hand brushed a speck of lint from his coat.
- to move or skim with a slight contact.
- to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside.
- to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before.
- to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis.
- a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket.
- a pile or covering of lopped or broken branches; brushwood.
- bushes and low trees growing in thick profusion, esp. close to the ground.
- land or an area covered with thickly growing bushes and low trees.
- backwoods; a sparsely settled wooded region.
- 1902–52, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
- brush (Thesaurus)