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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.

brush

(brʌʃ)
n
1. (Tools) a device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc
2. the act or an instance of brushing
3. a light stroke made in passing; graze
4. a brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish
5. (Hunting) the bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog
6. (Electronics) an electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc
7. (General Physics) a dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light
vb
8. (tr) to clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush
9. (tr) to apply or remove with a brush or brushing movement: brush the crumbs off the table.
10. (tr) to touch lightly and briefly
11. (intr) to move so as to graze or touch something lightly
[C14: from Old French broisse, perhaps from broce brush2]
ˈbrusher n
ˈbrushˌlike adj

brush

(brʌʃ)
n
1. (Horticulture) a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
2. (Physical Geography) land covered with scrub
3. (Horticulture) broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
4. (Physical Geography) wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods
[C16 (dense undergrowth), C14 (cuttings of trees): from Old French broce, from Vulgar Latin bruscia (unattested) brushwood]

brush1

(brʌʃ)
n.
1. an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like and a handle, used for painting, cleaning, grooming, etc.
2. either of a pair of wire-bristled, brushlike devices used to mark a soft rhythmic beat on drums or cymbals.
3. the bushy tail of an animal, esp. a fox.
4. an electrical conductor, often of carbon or copper, serving to maintain electric contact between stationary and moving parts of a motor, generator, etc.
5. any feathery or hairy tuft or tassel.
6. an application of a brush.
7. a light, stroking touch.
8. a close approach, esp. to something undesirable or harmful; skirmish: a brush with disaster.
9. the brush, a rejection or rebuff.
v.t.
10. to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
11. to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over.
12. to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over.
v.i.
13. to move or skim with a slight contact.
14. brush aside, to disregard; ignore.
15. brush back, Baseball. to force (a batter) away from the plate with a fastball pitched high and inside.
16. brush off, to rebuff; send away.
17. brush up (on), to revive or review.
[1350–1400; (n.) Middle English brusshe]

brush2

(brʌʃ)

n.
1.
a. a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket.
b. dense, low-growing bushes and shrubs.
c. land or area covered with dense, low growth.
[1350–1400; Middle English brusshe < Middle French broisse, Old French broce underbrush]

Brush

 a bundle of light rays; the loppings of trees and hedges, 1330; a faggot or bavin of brushwood, 1690; a thicket of small growing trees or shrubs, 1553.
Examples: brush of rosemary, hyssop, fennel or other herbs, 1609; of light rays, 1817.

brush


Past participle: brushed
Gerund: brushing

Imperative
brush
brush
Present
I brush
you brush
he/she/it brushes
we brush
you brush
they brush
Preterite
I brushed
you brushed
he/she/it brushed
we brushed
you brushed
they brushed
Present Continuous
I am brushing
you are brushing
he/she/it is brushing
we are brushing
you are brushing
they are brushing
Present Perfect
I have brushed
you have brushed
he/she/it has brushed
we have brushed
you have brushed
they have brushed
Past Continuous
I was brushing
you were brushing
he/she/it was brushing
we were brushing
you were brushing
they were brushing
Past Perfect
I had brushed
you had brushed
he/she/it had brushed
we had brushed
you had brushed
they had brushed
Future
I will brush
you will brush
he/she/it will brush
we will brush
you will brush
they will brush
Future Perfect
I will have brushed
you will have brushed
he/she/it will have brushed
we will have brushed
you will have brushed
they will have brushed
Future Continuous
I will be brushing
you will be brushing
he/she/it will be brushing
we will be brushing
you will be brushing
they will be brushing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been brushing
you have been brushing
he/she/it has been brushing
we have been brushing
you have been brushing
they have been brushing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been brushing
you will have been brushing
he/she/it will have been brushing
we will have been brushing
you will have been brushing
they will have been brushing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been brushing
you had been brushing
he/she/it had been brushing
we had been brushing
you had been brushing
they had been brushing
Conditional
I would brush
you would brush
he/she/it would brush
we would brush
you would brush
they would brush
Past Conditional
I would have brushed
you would have brushed
he/she/it would have brushed
we would have brushed
you would have brushed
they would have brushed

brush

To spread fat, milk or beaten egg onto the surface of food, using a pastry brush.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brush - a dense growth of bushesbrush - a dense growth of bushes    
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
brake - an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
canebrake - a dense growth of cane (especially giant cane)
spinney - a copse that shelters game
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
2.brush - an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
bottlebrush - a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles
bristle - a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
bristle brush - a brush that is made with the short stiff hairs of an animal or plant
clothesbrush - a brush used for cleaning clothing
hairbrush - a brush used to groom a person's hair
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
nailbrush - a brush used to clean a person's fingernails
paintbrush - a brush used as an applicator (to apply paint)
sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencil - an artist's brush made of sable hairs
scrub brush, scrubbing brush, scrubber - a brush with short stiff bristles for heavy cleaning
shaving brush - a brush used to apply lather prior to shaving
toothbrush - small brush; has long handle; used to clean teeth
3.brush - momentary contactbrush - momentary contact      
touch, touching - the event of something coming in contact with the body; "he longed for the touch of her hand"; "the cooling touch of the night air"
4.brush - conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
electrical device - a device that produces or is powered by electricity
electric motor - a motor that converts electricity to mechanical work
generator - engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
5.brush - a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox)
tail - the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
6.brush - a minor short-term fightbrush - a minor short-term fight    
contretemps - an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
7.brush - the act of brushing your teethbrush - the act of brushing your teeth; "the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
dental care - care for the teeth
8.brush - 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
9.brush - 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"
contact - close interaction; "they kept in daily contact"; "they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"
Verb1.brush - rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"
rub - move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
2.brush - touch lightly and briefly; "He brushed the wall lightly"
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
crease, graze, rake - scrape gently; "graze the skin"
flick - touch or hit with a light, quick blow; "flicked him with his hand"
sweep, brush - sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"
3.brush - clean with a brush; "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
brush - remove with or as if with a brush; "brush away the crumbs"; "brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the objections"
clean, make clean - make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
4.brush - sweep across or over; "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"
brush - touch lightly and briefly; "He brushed the wall lightly"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
sail, sweep - move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; "The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky"
5.brush - remove with or as if with a brush; "brush away the crumbs"; "brush the dust from the jacket"; "brush aside the objections"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
brush - clean with a brush; "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
6.brush - cover by brushing; "brush the bread with melted butter"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"

brush

1
noun
1. broom, sweeper, scrubbing brush, besom, sweeping brush Scrub lightly with a brush, then rinse.
2. clean, sweep, dust I gave it a quick brush.
3. conflict, fight, clash, set-to (informal), scrap (informal), confrontation, skirmish, tussle, fracas, spot of bother (informal), slight engagement It is his third brush with the law in less than a year.
4. encounter, meeting, confrontation, rendezvous the trauma of a brush with death
verb
1. clean, wash, polish, scrub, buff Have you brushed your teeth?
2. coat, cover, paint Brush with melted butter.
3. touch, come into contact with, sweep, kiss, stroke, glance, flick, scrape, graze, caress I felt her hair brushing the back of my shoulder.
brush someone off (Slang) ignore, cut, reject, dismiss, slight, blank (slang), put down, snub, disregard, scorn, disdain, spurn, rebuff, repudiate, disown, cold-shoulder, kiss off (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), send to Coventry She just brushed me off.
brush something aside dismiss, ignore, discount, override, disregard, sweep aside, have no time for, kiss off (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) He brushed aside my views on politics.
brush something up or brush up on something revise, study, go over, cram, polish up, read up on, relearn, bone up on (informal), refresh your memory I had hoped to brush up my Spanish.

brush

2
noun shrubs, bushes, scrub, underwood, undergrowth, thicket, copse, brushwood a meadow of low brush and grass

brush 1

noun
Light and momentary contact with another person or thing:
verb
To make light and momentary contact with, as in passing:

brush 2

noun
A brief, hostile exposure to or contact with something such as danger or opposition:
Translations
أداةٌ مَع فُرشاهتَنْظيفٌ بالفُرشاهخِلافٌ ، مُناوَشَهذَنَبُ الثَّعْلَبفُرْشَاة
kartáčkartáčovatlehce se dotknoutméstnepříjemnost
børstebørstenbusket halesammenstødstrejfe
harjaharjataharjaushipaistakoskettaa
četkačetkati
kefekefélkefélésmegkefélseprű
sikat
brustiburstabursta, greiîadeila, smáskærasópa, bursta
ブラシブラシをかける
솔질하다
atnaujintibrūkštelėtibūti atmestamlapės uodegalengvai paliesti
aizskartastesadursmeslaucītsuka
pictaştergevopsi
kefkakefovanieľahko sa dotknúťnepríjemnosťvykefovať
čopičkrtačakrtačitiumiti
borsteborsta
แปรงไม้แปรง
fırçalamakfırçafırça ile süpürmekfırçalamahafifçe sürtünmek
bàn chảichải

brush

[brʌʃ]
A. N
1. (gen) → cepillo m; (= sweeping brush) → cepillo m, escobilla f; (= scrubbing brush) → cepillo m de cerda; (= shaving brush, decorator's) → brocha f; (= paint brush) (artist's) → pincel m (Elec) (= contact) → escobilla f
shoe brushcepillo m para zapatos
2. (= act of brushing) → cepillado m
give your coat a brushcepíllate el abrigo
let's give it a brushvamos a pasar el cepillo
3. (= tail) [of fox] → rabo m, hopo m
4. (= skirmish) → roce m
to have a brush with the policetener un roce con la policía
5. (= light touch) → toque m
6. (= undergrowth) → maleza f, broza f
B. VT
1. (= clean) [+ floor] → cepillar; [+ clothes, hair] → cepillar
to brush one's shoeslimpiarse los zapatos
to brush one's teethlavarse los dientes, cepillarse los dientes
2. (= touch lightly) → rozar
brush against VI + PREProzar (al pasar)
brush aside VT + ADV (fig) → no hacer caso de, dejar a un lado
brush away VT + ADV (gen) → quitar (con cepillo or la mano )
brush down VT + ADVcepillar, limpiar; [+ horse] → almohazar
brush off
A. VT + ADV
1. [+ mud] → quitar (con cepillo or la mano etc)
2. (fig) (= dismiss) → no hacer caso de
B. VI + ADV the mud brushes off easilyel barro sale or se quita fácilmente
brush past
A. VT + ADVrozar al pasar
B. VI + ADVpasar muy cerca
brush up VT + ADV
1. [+ crumbs] → recoger
2. (= improve, revise) (also brush up on) → repasar, refrescar

brush

[ˈbrʌʃ]
n
(for cleaning)brosse f
a dustpan and brush → une pelle et une balayette
(= broom) → balai m
(also hair brush) → brosse f à cheveux
(= paintbrush) → pinceau m
(= brushing) to give sth a brush → donner un coup de brosse à qch
(= disagreement) → accrochage m, prise f de bec
to have a brush with sb → s'accrocher avec qn
to have a brush with the police → avoir maille à partir avec la police
to have a brush with the law → avoir des démêlés avec la justice
(= encounter) to have a brush with death → frôler la mort
vt
(using a brush)brosser
to brush one's hair → se brosser les cheveux
I brushed my hair → Je me suis brossé les cheveux.
to brush one's teeth → se brosser les dents
I brush my teeth every night → Je me brosse les dents tous les soirs.
(= sweep) → balayer
(= touch lightly) → raser, effleurer, frôler
to brush against → effleurer or frôler
to brush past sb → frôler qn en passant
brush aside
vt [+ difficulty] → écarter; [+ person] → repousser; [+ objection, idea, argument] → écarter
brush away
vt [+ mud, dust] → enlever d'un coup de brosse; [+ tears] → essuyer; [+ person, idea] → écarter
brush off
vt
(= remove) [+ thing] → enlever
[+ person] → envoyer balader
brush up
vt [+ knowledge] → rafraîchir

brush

n
(= object)Bürste f; (= artist’s brush, paintbrush, shaving brush, pastry brush)Pinsel m; (= hearth brush)Besen m; (with dustpan) → Handbesen or -feger m; (= flue brush)Stoßbesen m; (= flue brush with weight)Sonne f; to be as daft as a brush (inf)total meschugge sein (inf)
(= action) to give something a brushetw bürsten; jacket, shoesetw abbürsten; to give one’s hair a brushsich die Haare bürsten; your jacket/hair/teeth could do with a brushdu solltest deine Jacke/dein Haar/deine Zähne mal wieder bürsten
(= light touch)leichte, flüchtige Berührung, Streifen nt; I felt the brush of his lips against my neckich fühlte, wie seine Lippen meinen Nacken leicht berührten
(of fox)Lunte f
(= undergrowth)Unterholz nt
(Mil: = skirmish) → Zusammenstoß m, → Scharmützel nt; (= quarrel, incident)Zusammenstoß m; to have a brush with somebodymit jdm aneinandergeraten
(Elec, of commutator) → Bürste f
vt
(= clean, tidy)bürsten; (with hand) → wischen; to brush one’s teethsich (dat)die Zähne putzen; to brush one’s hairsich (dat)das Haar bürsten
(= sweep) dirtfegen, kehren; (with hand, cloth) → wischen; to brush something into a pileetw zu einem Haufen zusammenfegen
(= touch lightly)streifen
fabricbürsten, aufrauen

brush

:
brushoff
n (inf)Abfuhr f; to give somebody the brushjdn abblitzen lassen (inf), → jdm einen Korb geben (inf); to get the brushabblitzen (inf), → einen Korb kriegen (inf)
brushstroke
nPinselstrich m; (= way of painting)Pinselführung f
brush-up
n (inf) I must give my Italian a brushich muss meine Italienischkenntnisse auffrischen
brushwood
n
(= undergrowth)Unterholz nt
(= cut twigs)Reisig nt
brushwork
n (Art) → Pinselführung f

brush

[brʌʃ]
1. n
a. (gen) → spazzola; (broom) → scopa; (hearth brush) → scopettino, scopino; (scrubbing brush) → spazzola per pavimenti; (paint brush) → pennello
hair/shoe brush → spazzola per capelli/da scarpe
b. (act of brushing) → spazzolata, colpo di spazzola
c. (quarrel) → schermaglia
to have a brush with sb (verbally) → avere uno scontro con qn (physically) → venire alle mani con qn
to have a brush with the police → avere delle noie con la polizia
d. (light touch) → lieve tocco
he felt the brush of her hair against his face → sentiva i capelli di lei che gli sfioravano il viso
e. (undergrowth) → boscaglia, sottobosco
2. vt
a. (clean, floor) → scopare; (clothes, hair) → spazzolare; (shoes) → lucidare, spazzolare; (teeth) → lavarsi
b. (touch lightly) → sfiorare
brush against vi + prepsfiorare
brush aside vt + adv (fig) (protest, objection) → ignorare, rifiutarsi di ascoltare; (idea, feeling) → ignorare
brush away vt + adv (dirt, on clothes) → togliere (con la spazzola); (on floor) → scopar via; (tears) → asciugarsi; (insects) → cacciare (via)
brush down vt + advdare una spazzolata a
brush off vt + adv (mud) → levare con la spazzola (fig) (suggestion) → scartare; (criticism, attentions) → ignorare
brush past vi + prepsfiorare (passando)
brush up vt + adv
a. (crumbs) → raccogliere (con la spazzola)
b. (also brush up on) (revise) → dare una rinfrescata or una ripassata a

brush

(braʃ) noun
1. an instrument with bristles, wire, hair etc for cleaning, scrubbing etc. a toothbrush; He sells brushes.
2. an act of brushing.
3. a bushy tail of a fox.
4. a disagreement. a slight brush with the law.
verb
1. to rub with a brush. He brushed his jacket.
2. to remove (dust etc) by sweeping with a brush. brush the floor.
3. to make tidy by using a brush. Brush your hair!
4. to touch lightly in passing. The leaves brushed her face.
brush aside
to pay no attention to. She brushed aside my objections.
brush away
to wipe off. She brushed away a tear; She brushed it away.
brush up (with on)
to refresh one's knowledge of (eg a language). He brushed up his Spanish before he went on holiday.
give, get the brush-off
to reject or be rejected abruptly.

brush

فُرْشَاة, يُنَظِّف بالفُرْشاة kartáč, kartáčovat børste Bürste, bürsten βούρτσα, βουρτσίζω cepillar, cepillo harja, harjata brosse, brosser četka, četkati spazzola, spazzolare ブラシ, ブラシをかける, 솔질하다 borstel, borstelen børste szczotka, wyszczotkować escova, escovar чистить щеткой, щетка borsta, borste แปรง, ไม้แปรง fırça, fırçalamak bàn chải, chải , 刷子

brush

n. cepillo;
v. cepillar; cepillarse.

brush

n cepillo; vt cepillar; to — one’s hair cepillarse el pelo; to — one’s teeth cepillarse los dientes
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She looked up apprehensively, brushing aside these thoughts with annoyance.
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