Brush - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |brʌʃ|  American pronunciation of the word brush
Brit.  |brʌʃ|  British pronunciation of the word brush


- a dense growth of bushes (syn: brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket)
- an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
- momentary contact
- conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
- a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox)
- a minor short-term fight (syn: clash, encounter, skirmish)
- the act of brushing your teeth(syn: brushing)
- the act of brushing your hair(syn: brushing)
- contact with something dangerous or undesirable


- rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
- touch lightly and briefly
- clean with a brush
- sweep across or over(syn: sweep)
- remove with or as if with a brush
- cover by brushing


He'd had a few brushes with the police.

Please brush this insect off.

Charlotte brushed against him as she left the room.

He brushed past waiting journalists.

There was only just room to brush past in the crowd.

A head so decisively brushed.

They brushed aside our suggestion.

I'll just give my hair a quick brush.

His first brush with the law came when he was 16.

A brush with death can make you appreciate life more.

Don't forget to brush your teeth.

Ella brushed the crumbs off her jacket.

He brushed the tears from his eyes.

Something brushed her shoulders.

I felt her hair brush against my arm.

Phrasal verbs

brush aside  — bar from attention or consideration
brush off  — bar from attention or consideration
brush up  — refresh one's memory

Word forms

I/you/we/they: brush
he/she/it: brushes
present participle: brushing
past tense: brushed
past participle: brushed
singular: brush
plural: brushes
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