- brush-tailed phalanger,
- brush-tailed possum,
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
Examples from the Web for brushed
The flies were all over his ears and eyes, and I brushed them away and picked him up.
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|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Bleyer|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In an emailed statement to the conservative website, The Daily Caller, Scott brushed off the insult.
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|Curtis Stone|November 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One poised directly above her face, trembled, brushed her mouth lightly.The Tree of Life|Catherine Lucille Moore
What do you mean by casting my station in my teeth, because I can't put my night-cap on comfortably till you have brushed my hair?Man and Wife|Wilkie Collins
Quick tears blinded her, but she brushed them away and kneeled by the wounded soldier.Where the Souls of Men are Calling|Credo Harris
But Atilio, without turning around, brushed the interrupting hand aside, and went on listening.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
For green verdigris dissolved in vinegar may be used; or crystals of verdigris in water, brushed hot over the wood.Intarsia and Marquetry|F. Hamilton Jackson
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