Two kinds of brushes



  • An implement consisting of multiple more or less flexible bristles or other filaments attached to a handle, used for any of various purposes including cleaning, painting, and arranging hair.
  • The act of brushing something.
  • A piece of conductive material, usually carbon, serving to maintain electrical contact between the stationary and rotating parts of a machine.
  • A brush-like electrical discharge of sparks.
  • Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees. See
  • A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience.
  • The furry tail of an animal, especially of a fox.
  • A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
  • A short contest, or trial, of speed.
  • An instrument, resembling a brush, used to produce a soft sound from drums or cymbals.
  • An on-screen tool for "painting" a particular colour or texture.
  • A set of defined design and parameters that produce drawn strokes of a certain texture and quality.
  • In 3D video games, a convex polyhedron, especially one that defines structure of the play area.
  • The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino.
  • Evergreen boughs, especially balsam, locally cut and baled for export, usually for use in making wreaths.


  • To clean with a brush.
  • To untangle or arrange with a brush.
  • To apply with a brush.
  • To remove with a sweeping motion.
  • To touch with a sweeping motion, or lightly in passing.
  • To clean one's teeth by brushing them.


  • From Middle English brusshe, from Old French broisse (Modern French brosse), from Vulgar Latin *brustia, from Frankish *bursti, from Proto-Germanic *burstiz, or also Vulgar Latin *bruscia, from Proto-Germanic *bruskaz.

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