brush: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (brush), [key]
— n.
  1. an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. the bushy tail of an animal, esp. of a fox.
    1. 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.
    2. Seebrush discharge.
  4. a feathery or hairy tuft or tassel, as on the tip of a kernel of grain or on a man's hat.
  5. an act or instance of brushing; application of a brush.
  6. a light, stroking touch.
  7. a brief encounter: He has already had one brush with the law.
  8. a close approach, esp. to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster.
  9. to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush.
  10. to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.
  1. to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
  2. to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over: His lips brushed her ear.
  3. to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: His hand brushed a speck of lint from his coat.
  1. to move or skim with a slight contact.
  2. to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside.
  3. to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before.
  4. to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis.


Pronunciation: (brush), [key]
— n.
  1. a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket.
  2. a pile or covering of lopped or broken branches; brushwood.
  3. bushes and low trees growing in thick profusion, esp. close to the ground.
  4. land or an area covered with thickly growing bushes and low trees.
  5. backwoods; a sparsely settled wooded region.


Pronunciation: (brush), [key]
— n.
  1. 1902–52, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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