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brush 1

a. An implement typically consisting of bristles fastened into a handle, used in scrubbing, polishing, grooming, or applying a liquid.
b. The act of using this implement.
a. A sweeping stroke of the hand, as in removing something.
b. A light touch in passing; a graze.
c. An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous: a brush with the law; a brush with death.
3. A bushy tail: the brush of a fox.
4. A sliding connection completing a circuit between a fixed and a moving conductor.
5. A snub; a brushoff.
v. brushed, brush·ing, brush·es
a. To clean, polish, or groom with a brush: brush one's teeth; brush the dog's coat.
b. To apply with a brush: brushed shellac onto the wood.
c. To remove with a brush or with sweeping strokes: brushed dirt from his pants.
2. To touch lightly in passing; graze against.
1. To use a brush.
2. To make sweeping strokes with the hand.
3. To touch something lightly in moving past.
Phrasal Verbs:
brush aside/off
To dismiss abruptly or curtly: brushed the matter aside; brushed an old friend off.
brush back Baseball
To force (a batter) to move away from the plate by throwing an inside pitch.
brush up
To refresh one's memory or renew one's skill regarding (something).

[Middle English brushe, twigs used as a broom or a brush to clean, painter's brush, from Old French brosse, brushwood, brush; see brush2.]

brush′er n.
brush′y adj.
Synonyms: brush1, glance1, graze2, shave, skim
These verbs mean to make light contact with something in passing: Her arm brushed mine. His fist glanced his opponent's chin. The keel grazed bottom in the shallow water. The front tire shaved the curb. The oars skimmed the pond's surface.

brush 2

a. Dense vegetation consisting of shrubs or small trees.
b. Land covered by such a growth.
2. Cut or broken branches.

[Middle English brushe, from Old French brosse, brushwood, from Vulgar Latin *bruscia, perhaps from Latin bruscum, knot on a maple.]

brush′y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brushing - the act of brushing your teethbrushing - the act of brushing your teeth; "the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
dental care - care for the teeth
2.brushing - the act of brushing your hair; "he gave his hair a quick brush"
hair care, haircare, hairdressing - care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair


n (dent, etc.) cepillado; bronchial — cepillado bronquial
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Continue supervising your child's tooth brushing until about age 6, when the child can reliably spit out toothpaste.
Kolibree has created a playful tooth brushing experience to improve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Symptoms: 6You''ve had bad breath for a long time, sucking mints doesn''t seem to make a difference, you''re careless about tooth brushing.
The team comprising Vice Principal, Dr Shazia Nawabi and Assistant Professor, Dr Nusrat Jabeen along with Senior Registrar, Dr Saqib Rasheed advised the students about effective tooth brushing techniques and flossing.
It can be easier to get a pet used to tooth brushing when they're young but it's never too late to introduce brushing whatever the age of the pet.
Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it.
Tooth brushing at this time will lead to further tooth mineral loss by the abrasion of tooth brushing which will be in addition to any loss caused by the erosive food products eaten during breakfast.
This unconventional format creates a new genre within the toothpaste category, and is expected to change the way that children in particular look at the task of tooth brushing, say officials for the Buena Park, Calif.
He added: "I think it starts with nurturing the child at home with the right diet and tooth brushing routines.
The Beam Toothbrush app can function as that timer, and the toothbrush will automatically transmit when a user commences and finishes tooth brushing.
You should supervise your children's tooth brushing, using only a pea-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste (1350 to 1500 parts per million) until they are about seven years old.
BRUSHING UP: Leigh Dearden, front left and Tracey Chambers, right, demonstrate tooth brushing to children at Nightingales nursery (PC270511Anurser y)