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brush discharge

n.
A faintly visible, relatively slow crackling discharge of electricity without sparking.

brush discharge

n
(General Physics) a slightly luminous electrical discharge between points of high charge density when the charge density is insufficient to cause a spark or around sharp points on a highly charged conductor because of ionization of air molecules in their vicinity

brush′ dis`charge


n.
a type of corona discharge that takes place between two electrodes at atmospheric pressure, characterized by long, branched, luminous streamers of ionized particles.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.brush discharge - discharge between electrodes creating visible streamers of ionized particles
arc, electric arc, electric discharge, spark, discharge - electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
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Hydrogen can be ignited by the electrical brush discharges surrounding high voltage lines, or the little spark of a static electrical discharge from your finger touching a doorknob.