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Definition of brush:

  1. A bundle of flexible wires or thin plates of metal, used to conduct an electrical current to or from the commutator of a dynamo, electric motor, or similar apparatus.
  2. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
  3. A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy.
  4. A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush.
  5. A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
  6. An instrument composed of bristles, or other like material, set in a suitable back or handle, as of wood, bone, or ivory, and used for various purposes, as in removing dust from clothes, laying on colors, etc. Brushes have different shapes and names according to their use; as, clothes brush, paint brush, tooth brush, etc.
  7. Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood.
  8. In Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.
  9. The act of brushing; as, to give one's clothes a brush; a rubbing or grazing with a quick motion; a light touch; as, we got a brush from the wheel as it passed.
  10. The bushy tail of a fox.
  11. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush.
  12. To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by.
  13. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; - commonly with off.
  14. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush.

Synonyms:

mop, flick, cleanse, coppice, swing, crash, clean, dust, disinfect, copse, cross, face-off, wipe, swing out, drag in, lave, light touch, rinse, grove, brake, broom, clank, cover, scour, cut, sweep up, fight, brushing, span, brushwood, shrubbery, purify, confrontation, clangoring, rebuff, clash, coming upon, thicket, tap, traverse, friction, sail, sweep, showdown, encounter, meeting, undergrowth, hedge, bush, embroil, sponge, clangour, rudeness, tangle, battle, scrub, clang, skirmish, slight, wash, drag, scrap, clangor, insult.

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