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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
References in classic literature ?
Just as I had got my white waistcoat on, Penelope presented herself at my toilet, on pretence of brushing what little hair I have got left, and improving the tie of my white cravat.
He had but partially consumed his kill when he suddenly became aware of a movement in the brush at no great distance from him and downwind, and a moment later his nostrils picked up the scent of Numa from the opposite direction, and then upon either side he caught the fall of padded feet and the brushing of bodies against leafy branches.
The fellow paused for a moment as though appraising the ape-man and then pushed on past the lions, brushing against the tawny hide as he passed him in the trail.
Trimmed-down bristles produce more brushing power while reducing splaying.
[7] But, behavioural aspects like method of tooth brushing, materials used, frequency and duration of tooth brushing play an important role in the prevention and control of those dental diseases which are associated with tooth loss.
It's expensive, but it did glide easily through my hair, getting it smooth with minimal brushing and fall-out." From mantahair.com Andrew Barton Keratin Infusion Vented Radial Brush, PS8 Our tester says: "I recently got a fringe, so my hair now needs more than just a detangler.
The simple act of brushing uses the bristle collection to 'sweep' unwanted materials from a surface.
(1) The primary factors identified influencing the ability to remove plaque with a toothbrush are: length of time and frequency of brushing; the individual's brushing ability; and toothbrush design.
Researchers found that participants in a study who filmed their brushing at home - using phones propped up on stands - had increased accuracy on their brush strokes, more strokes per session and an overall eight percent improvement in "tooth-brushing skill." Participants did not brush their teeth for any longer than usual, however. 
The new brush tracks patients' brushing in real time and syncs via Bluetooth[R] technology with the free Philips Sonicare app to create a personalized 3D Mouth Map.
Oral-B debuted the Oral-B GENIUS intelligent brushing system.