- 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.
- brush discharge.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- brunswick stew,
- brush aside,
- brush biopsy,
- brush border,
- brush broom,
- brush catheter
Origin of brush1
Origin of brush2
Examples from the Web for brush
But just up the steep river bank and through the brush is an opening.
It was starting to look like Cosby might not brush this scandal off.How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account|Scott Porch|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brush the pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with fleur de sel and pepper.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, place on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Brush the packages all over with melted butter, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
The Count was made supremely happy with the purchase of a holy picture which he declared was from the brush of an old master.Polly and Her Friends Abroad|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Don't stop hunting till you find them—they'll duck off in the brush sure.The Strength of the Pines|Edison Marshall
Apply it warm with a turpentine brush—two or three coats, to cover the cracks or pores left by the brush.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
And under Kori's outstretched arm, so close as almost to brush against his uniformed legs, had stolen Thorn.The Radiant Shell|Paul Ernst
Their progress was slow, and they slept on a bed of brush which had lumps and knots to bruise every soft spot on their bodies.Dick in the Everglades|A. W. Dimock
Word Origin for brush
Word Origin for brush
"dust-sweeper, a brush for sweeping," late 14c., also, c.1400, "brushwood, brushes;" from Old French broisse (Modern French brosse) "a brush" (13c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscia "a bunch of new shoots" (used to sweep away dust), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *bruskaz "underbrush."
"shrubbery," early 14c., from Anglo-French bruce "brushwood," Old North French broche, Old French broce "bush, thicket, undergrowth" (12c., Modern French brosse), from Gallo-Romance *brocia, perhaps from *brucus "heather," or possibly from the same source as brush (n.1).
late 15c., "to clean or rub (clothing) with a brush," also (mid-15c.) "to beat with a brush," from brush (n.1). Related: Brushed; brushing. To brush off someone or something, "rebuff, dismiss," is from 1941.
"move briskly" especially past or against something or someone, 1670s, from earlier sense (c.1400) "to hasten, rush," probably from brush (n.2), on the notion of a horse, etc., passing through dense undergrowth (cf. Old French brosser "travel (through woods)," and Middle English noun brush "charge, onslaught, encounter," mid-14c.), but brush (n.1) probably has contributed something to it as well. Related: Brushed; brushing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with brush
- brush aside
- brush off
- brush up
- give someone the air (brush off)
- have a brush with
- tarred with the same brush