- 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)
Origin of brush1
Synonyms for brush
Origin of brush2
Related Words for brushbroom, toothbrush, run-in, thicket, scrub, shave, flick, smooth, sweep, scrape, caress, skim, kiss, wash, wipe, clean, paint, whisk, mop, sweeper
Examples from the Web for brush
Contemporary Examples of brush
But just up the steep river bank and through the brush is an opening.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
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
December 1, 2014
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 Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
Historical Examples of brush
Brush with milk, dredge with sugar, and bake for about 1/2 hour.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"There are pigments, brush, and paper," said the old artist.
Yet I hold that the true art of my craft lies as much in the furnace as in the brush.
They saw that the brush had been cut from the ground outside the stockade, as if for battle.
I had eaten all the brush in the ravine and was beginning to be lonely.
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