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  1. an atomizer for spraying paint.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to paint or decorate, using an airbrush: to airbrush murals; to airbrush silk kimonos.
  2. to remove or alter by or as by means of an airbrush: to airbrush facial lines from a photograph.
  3. to prettify or sanitize: airbrushed versions of modern history.
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Origin of airbrush

First recorded in 1885–90; air1 + brush1
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British Dictionary definitions for airbrush


  1. an atomizer for spraying paint or varnish by means of compressed air
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verb (tr)
  1. to paint or varnish (something) by using an airbrush
  2. to improve the image of (a person or thing) by concealing defects beneath a bland exterioran airbrushed version of the government's record
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