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English noun: brush

1. brush (group) a dense growth of bushes


Synonymsbrushwood, coppice, copse, thicket


Broader (hypernym)botany, flora, vegetation


Narrower (hyponym)brake, canebrake, spinney, underbrush, undergrowth, underwood

2. brush (artifact) an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle


Broader (hypernym)implement


Narrower (hyponym)bottlebrush, bristle brush, clothesbrush, hairbrush, nailbrush, paintbrush, sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencil, scrub brush, scrubber, scrubbing brush, shaving brush, toothbrush


Part holonymbristle, grip, handgrip, handle, hold

3. brush (event) momentary contact


Synonymslight touch


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

4. brush (artifact) conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor


Broader (hypernym)electrical device


Part meronymelectric motor, generator

5. brush (animal) a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox)


Broader (hypernym)tail

6. brush (act) a minor short-term fight


Synonymsclash, encounter, skirmish


Broader (hypernym)combat, fight, fighting, scrap


Narrower (hyponym)contretemps

7. brush (act) the act of brushing your teeth


SamplesThe dentist recommended two brushes a day.


Synonymsbrushing


Broader (hypernym)dental care

8. brush (act) the act of brushing your hair


SamplesHe gave his hair a quick brush.


Synonymsbrushing


Broader (hypernym)hair care, haircare, hairdressing

9. brush (act) contact with something dangerous or undesirable


SamplesI had a brush with danger on my way to work.
He tried to avoid any brushes with the police.


Broader (hypernym)contact


English verb: brush

1. brush (contact) rub with a brush, or as if with a brush


SamplesJohnson brushed the hairs from his jacket.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)rub

2. brush (contact) touch lightly and briefly


SamplesHe brushed the wall lightly.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)touch


Narrower (hyponym)crease, flick, graze, rake


Verb groupbrush, sweep

3. brush (contact) clean with a brush


SamplesShe brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet.


ExamplesThey brush the cape


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)clean, make clean


Verb groupbrush

4. brush (motion) sweep across or over


SamplesHer long skirt brushed the floor.
A gasp swept cross the audience.


Synonymssweep


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)move


Verb groupbrush, sail, sweep

5. brush (change) remove with or as if with a brush


SamplesBrush away the crumbs.
Brush the dust from the jacket.
Brush aside the objections.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Verb groupbrush

6. brush (contact) cover by brushing


SamplesBrush the bread with melted butter.


ExamplesThey brush the bread with melted butter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cover









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