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brushed

[bruhsht]
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adjective
  1. having a nap raised or a surface produced by a brushing process: brushed cotton.
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Origin of brushed

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at brush1, -ed2
Related formsun·brushed, adjectivewell-brushed, adjective

brush1

[bruhsh]
noun
  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, especially of a fox.
  4. Electricity.
    1. 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.
    2. 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, especially to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster.
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verb (used with object)
  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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move or skim with a slight contact.
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Verb Phrases
  1. brush aside, to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside.
  2. brush off, to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before.
  3. brush up on, to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis.Also brush up.
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Idioms
  1. get the brush, to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush.
  2. give the brush, to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.
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Origin of brush1

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English brusshe, probably to be identified with brush2, if orig. sense was implement made from twigs, etc., culled from brushwood; (v.) Middle English brushen to hasten, rush, probably < Old French brosser to travel (through brush), verbal derivative of broce (see brush2)
Related formsbrush·a·ble, adjectivebrush·er, nounbrush·like, adjectiveun·brush·a·ble, adjective

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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for brushed

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  • Andy, colorless, his blood cold, brushed aside the arm of the intercessor.

  • His love was purely selfish, for he brushed aside her protest as if she had not spoken.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Edith said nothing; she brushed her hair with careful slowness.

  • The bottle-green suit had been brushed, ready for the morrow.

  • I did—brushed the face in one day from memory; it was the very man!


British Dictionary definitions for brushed

brushed

adjective
  1. textiles treated with a brushing process to raise the nap and give a softer, warmer finishbrushed nylon
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brush1

noun
  1. a device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc
  2. the act or an instance of brushing
  3. a light stroke made in passing; graze
  4. a brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish
  5. the bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog
  6. an electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc
  7. a dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light
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verb
  1. (tr) to clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush
  2. (tr) to apply or remove with a brush or brushing movementbrush the crumbs off the table
  3. (tr) to touch lightly and briefly
  4. (intr) to move so as to graze or touch something lightly
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Derived Formsbrusher, nounbrushlike, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French broisse, perhaps from broce brush ²

brush2

noun
  1. a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
  2. land covered with scrub
  3. broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
  4. wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods
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Word Origin

C16 (dense undergrowth), C14 (cuttings of trees): from Old French broce, from Vulgar Latin bruscia (unattested) brushwood
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Word Origin and History for brushed

brush

n.1

"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."

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brush

n.2

"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).

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brush

v.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.

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brush

v.2

"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with brushed

brush

In addition to the idioms beginning with brush

  • brush aside
  • brush off
  • brush up

also see:

  • give someone the air (brush off)
  • have a brush with
  • tarred with the same brush
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