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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.


Broader (hypernym)dental care

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

SamplesHe gave his hair a quick brush.


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.


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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