Pronunciation: (brush),[key] —n. 1. an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc.
2. one of a pair of devices consisting of long, thin handles with wire bristles attached, used in jazz or dance bands for keeping a soft, rhythmic beat on the trap drums or the cymbals.
3. the bushy tail of an animal, esp. of a fox.
4. Elect. a. a conductor, often made of carbon or copper or a combination of the two, serving to maintain electric contact between stationary and moving parts of a machine, generator, or other apparatus.
b. See brush discharge. 5. a feathery or hairy tuft or tassel, as on the tip of a kernel of grain or on a man's hat.
6. an act or instance of brushing; application of a brush.
7. a light, stroking touch.
8. a brief encounter: He has already had one brush with the law. 9. a close approach, esp. to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster. 10. get the brush, to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush. 11. give the brush, to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.
—v.t. 1. to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
2. to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over: His lips brushed her ear. 3. to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: His hand brushed a speck of lint from his coat.
—v.i. 1. to move or skim with a slight contact.
2. brush aside, to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside. 3. brush off, to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before. 4. brush up on, to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis.Also,brush up.
Pronunciation: (brush),[key] —n. 1. a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket.
2. a pile or covering of lopped or broken branches; brushwood.
3. bushes and low trees growing in thick profusion, esp. close to the ground.
4. Also calledbrushland. land or an area covered with thickly growing bushes and low trees.
5. backwoods; a sparsely settled wooded region.
Pronunciation: (brush),[key] —n. Katharine, 1902–52, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.