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brush 1

 (brŭsh)
n.
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.
2.
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
v.tr.
1.
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.
v.intr.
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

 (brŭsh)
n.
1.
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
Translations

brushing

n (dent, etc.) cepillado; bronchial — cepillado bronquial
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