- having a nap raised or a surface produced by a brushing process: brushed cotton.
Origin of brushed
- an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc.
- 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.
- the bushy tail of an animal, especially of a fox.
- 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.
- a feathery or hairy tuft or tassel, as on the tip of a kernel of grain or on a man's hat.
- an act or instance of brushing; application of a brush.
- a light, stroking touch.
- a brief encounter: He has already had one brush with the law.
- a close approach, especially to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster.
- to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
- to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over: His lips brushed her ear.
- to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: His hand brushed a speck of lint from his coat.
- to move or skim with a slight contact.
- brush aside, to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside.
- brush off, to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before.
- brush up on, to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis.Also brush up.
- get the brush, to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush.
- give the brush, to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.
Origin of brush1
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- textiles treated with a brushing process to raise the nap and give a softer, warmer finishbrushed nylon
- 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
- the act or an instance of brushing
- a light stroke made in passing; graze
- a brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish
- the bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog
- an electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc
- a dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light
- (tr) to clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush
- (tr) to apply or remove with a brush or brushing movementbrush the crumbs off the table
- (tr) to touch lightly and briefly
- (intr) to move so as to graze or touch something lightly
- a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
- land covered with scrub
- broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
- wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods
Word Origin and History for brushed
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with brushed
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