Origin of brushed
- 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
Related Words for brushedshave, flick, smooth, sweep, scrape, caress, skim, kiss, wash, wipe, clean, paint, tickle, graze, contact, stroke, glance, polish, whisk, buff
Examples from the Web for brushed
Contemporary Examples of brushed
The flies were all over his ears and eyes, and I brushed them away and picked him up.The Stacks: A Dog Dies, a Boy Grows Up
June 21, 2014
At times, he slapped the guitar box with two fingers or the heel of his hand as, in the same motion, he brushed the strings.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
He was injured—kinda, sorta, barely—and he brushed it aside.Reporter Miles O’Brien Lost an Arm but None of His Admirable Spirit or Wit
March 2, 2014
In an emailed statement to the conservative website, The Daily Caller, Scott brushed off the insult.NAACP Attacks Tim Scott
January 22, 2014
Nonna, who at full height came up to my armpit, brushed by me carrying an enormous pot of water.A Young Chef Travels to Calabria, Italy, and Learns the Old Ways of Cooking
November 28, 2013
Historical Examples of brushed
Andy, colorless, his blood cold, brushed aside the arm of the intercessor.Way of the Lawless
His love was purely selfish, for he brushed aside her protest as if she had not spoken.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Edith said nothing; she brushed her hair with careful slowness.Quaint Courtships
The bottle-green suit had been brushed, ready for the morrow.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
I did—brushed the face in one day from memory; it was the very man!The Greater Inclination
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