• Brush-keeper
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brush remove with or as if with a brush "brush away the crumbs","brush the dust from the jacket","brush aside the objections"
    • v brush touch lightly and briefly "He brushed the wall lightly"
    • v brush rub with a brush, or as if with a brush "Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"
    • v brush clean with a brush "She brushed the suit before hanging it back into the closet"
    • v brush cover by brushing "brush the bread with melted butter"
    • v brush sweep across or over "Her long skirt brushed the floor","A gasp swept cross the audience"
    • n brush contact with something dangerous or undesirable "I had a brush with danger on my way to work","he tried to avoid any brushes with the police"
    • n brush the act of brushing your hair "he gave his hair a quick brush"
    • n brush the act of brushing your teeth "the dentist recommended two brushes a day"
    • n brush a minor short-term fight
    • n brush a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail (especially of the fox)
    • n brush an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
    • n brush conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
    • n brush momentary contact
    • n brush a dense growth of bushes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush
Brushes.—Red Sable, Round Brushes.—Red Sable, Round
Brushes.—Red Sable Brushes.—Red Sable
Brushes.—Red Sable, Flat Brushes.—Red Sable, Flat
Brushes.—Round Bristle Brushes.—Round Bristle
Brushes.—Flat Bristle Brushes.—Flat Bristle
Brushes.—Round Pointed Brushes.—Round Pointed
Brushes.—Fan Brushes.—Fan

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water in a minute
    • Brush (Elec) A bundle of flexible wires or thin plates of metal, used to conduct an electrical current to or from the commutator of a dynamo, electric motor, or similar apparatus.
    • Brush A short contest, or trial, of speed. "Let us enjoy a brush across the country."
    • Brush A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock or collision; as, to have a brush with an enemy; a brush with the law. "Let grow thy sinews till their knots be strong,
      And tempt not yet the brushes of the war."
    • Brush A thicket of shrubs or small trees; the shrubs and small trees in a wood; underbrush.
    • Brush (Zoöl) A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
    • Brush An instrument composed of bristles, or other like material, set in a suitable back or handle, as of wood, bone, or ivory, and used for various purposes, as in removing dust from clothes, laying on colors, etc. Brushes have different shapes and names according to their use; as, clothes brush, paint brush, tooth brush, etc.
    • Brush Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood.
    • Brush land covered with brush{5}; in Australia, a dense growth of vegetation in good soil, including shrubs and trees, mostly small.
    • Brush The act of brushing; as, to give one's clothes a brush ; a rubbing or grazing with a quick motion; a light touch; as, we got a brush from the wheel as it passed. "As leaves] have with one winter's brush Fell from their boughts."
    • Brush The bushy tail of a fox.
    • Brush To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. "A' brushes his hat o' mornings."
    • v. i Brush To move nimbly in haste; to move so lightly as scarcely to be perceived; as, to brush by. "Snatching his hat, he brushed off like the wind."
    • Brush To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; -- commonly with off. "As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed With raven's feather from unwholesome fen.""And from the boughts brush off the evil dew.""You have commissioned me to paint your shop, and I have done my best to brush you up like your neighbors."
    • Brush To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush. "Some spread their sailes, some with strong oars sweep
      The waters smooth, and brush the buxom wave."
      "Brushed with the kiss of rustling wings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese politician Mao Zedong refused to ever brush his teeth and instead just washed his mouth with tea
    • n brush The small trees and shrubs of a wood; a thicket of small trees; scrub.
    • n brush Branches of trees lopped off; brushwood: a sense common in the United States.
    • n brush A tract of country covered by thickets; hence, a thinly settled country; the backwoods.
    • n brush An instrument of various forms, according to its intended use, consisting of a quantity of some flexible material attached to a handle or stock. Brushes are used for applying paint and similar substances, cleaning, polishing, rubbing, smoothing, etc. Their commonest materials are bristles and certain kinds of hair. For some purposes these are secured in a bunch to a ferrule at the end of a handle, or bound or fastened to the handle itself; for others they are inserted in doubled tufts into holes bored in a stock, with or without a handle, the projecting doubled ends being secured by wires or otherwise, and in ordinary forms covered by a back-piece glued on. Among the materials used for making brushes are bristles, hair of the badger, bear, and goat, hair from the tails of the red and black sable, camels' hair (so called, but commonly Russian squirrel), fitch- (skunk-) and horsehair, broom-corn, ratan, split cane, rushes, cocoanut-fiber, the roots and fibers of many tropical plants, wire, spun glass, feathers, etc. The word is often compounded, showing the specific purposes for which it is used, as blacking-, clothes-, dust-, hat-, hair-, nail-, paint-, tooth-, scrubbing-, and whitewash-brush. See pencil.
    • n brush Anything resem bling a brush, as the tails of some animals, as the fox, or the panicles of broom-corn used in the manufacture of brooms.
    • n brush An agricultural instrument made of small trees, as the birch, and used instead of a harrow for covering grain, grass-seed, etc., after they have been sown.
    • n brush In dynamo-electric machines (which see, under electric), one of the bundles of copper wires or plates which are in contact with the commutator of the armature on opposite sides, and serve to take off the positive and negative currents of electricity generated.
    • n brush In electricity, the luminous phenomenon, consisting of diverging rays of pale-blue light, observed when the discharge of an electric machine takes place into the air from a small ball or rounded point.
    • n brush [From the verb.] A passage; especially, a quick ride through the brush or across country; a chase.
    • n brush A skirmish; a slight encounter; a shock; a collision: as, to have a brush with the enemy.
    • n brush An application of a brush, as in sweeping or dusting; a brushing; a removal as if with a brush: as, give my hat a brush.
    • n brush painter; one who uses a brush: as, a brother brush.
    • brush To sweep or rub with a brush: as, to brush a hat.
    • brush To remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: as, to brush off dust.
    • brush To sweep or touch as with a brush; strike lightly bypassing over the surface; pass lightly over: as, to brush the arm in passing.
    • brush Figuratively, to ruffle; excite.
    • brush To furnish with brushes or branches of dead trees to climb on: as, to brush peas.
    • brush To move quickly or in haste; rush: as, to brush past a person.
    • brush To move or skim over with a slight contact, as a brush.
    • n brush One of the ends of the stationary circuit of an electric machine which receive the current from or supply it to the revolving circuit: so called because they had formerly a brush-like structure. Now the ‘brushes’ are solid blocks of carbon or graphite, or packages of wire gauze or of metal leaves. The part of the revolving circuit with which the brushes make contact is called the commutator or collector.
    • n brush The hair on the upper end of a grain of wheat. It furnishes a distinction between varieties.
    • n brush a gilder's brush of brass wire used for spreading gilding and for cleaning metal surfaces
    • n brush a brush made with iron wires used for street-sweeping
    • n brush a carding brush; etc.
    • brush In mining, to remove, by blasting or otherwise, rock from (the floor or roof of a level or roadway) to increase its height.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elvis Presley was obsessed with brushing his teeth
    • n Brush brush an instrument for removing dust, usually made of bristles, twigs, feathers, or stiff grass stems: a kind of hair-pencil used by painters: a painter, one who uses the brush: brushwood: a skirmish or encounter: the tail of a fox:
    • v.t Brush to remove dust, &c., from by sweeping: to touch lightly in passing: remove (with off): to thrash
    • v.i Brush to move over lightly: to make off with a rush
    • adj Brush in a lively manner: brisk
    • n Brush brush (elect.) a brush-like discharge of sparks: one of the bundles of copper wires or flexible strips in contact with the commutator of the armature on opposite sides, and which carry off the positive and negative currents of electricity generated
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  • Oliver Herford
    Oliver Herford
    “A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.”
  • Mary Baker Eddy
    “Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?”
  • Angela Carter
    “There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.”


Brush under the carpet - If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
Daft as a brush - (UK) Someone who is daft as a brush is rather stupid.
Living over the brush - Living together out of wedlock. "They are living over the brush" originates from a form of marriage when a couple held hands and jumped over a besom to signal their commitment to each other, because they couldn't have a church marriage.
New brush sweeps clean - 'A new brush sweeps clean' means that someone with a new perspective can make great changes. However, the full version is 'a new brush sweeps clean, but an old brush knows the corners', which warns that experience is also a valuable thing. Sometimes 'broom' is used instead of 'brush'.
Tar with the same brush - If people are tarred with the same brush, they are said to have the same set of attributes or faults as someone they are associated with.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brusche, OF. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, F. brosse, brush, LL. brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG. brusta, brust, bristle, G. borste, bristle, bürste, brush. See Bristle (n.), and cf. Browse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. brosse, a brush, brushwood—Low L. bruscia; Diez connects the Fr. with Old High Ger. burst, bursta, bristle.


In literature:

Wrapped in linen at one end of the box were her quill pens, brushes, and charcoal sticks.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
There was a sharp swishing as of something whipping brush.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
I've not had a brush since I came over.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Teach the boys that their shoes should be polished and free from dust, and their clothes thoroughly brushed.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Pan was wrenched out of the ecstasy of that moment by the pound of hoofs and the crashing of brush.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
When a carpet requires more cleaning, take it up and beat it well, then lay it down and brush it on both sides with a hand-brush.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Apply the poison solution thoroughly with a brush, to all inner surfaces of the skin and to the toes.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Felix Brush had purposely left his turn for the last, hoping thereby to retain her longer than his friends.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Cables and connectors should be scraped bright with a knife and brushed thoroughly with the wire brush to remove all corrosion.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The Correspondence School detective waved his paste-brush more frantically than ever.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler

In poetry:

Women wear trousers
To trail round the shops;
Women in trousers
Wield brushes and mops.
"A Question" by Cicely Fox Smith
Oh, celestial vision!
What brush may reproduce those magic tints,
Those lines ethereal?--
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
And then she would caress me
And brush my hair away,
And tell me not to question,
But to run about my play.
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
He brushes a damp hair
away from an ear
as perfect as a sleeping child's.
He stares, inert, the fallen column.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
The canvas I would paint you on
Should be a bit of heaven;
My brush, a sunbeam; pigments, dawn
And night and starry even.
"Her Portrait" by Madison Julius Cawein
Upon the carpet then he rolled
And brushed against the wall,
And, horror! whisked his lathery sides
On overcoat and shawl.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field

In news:

She's 82 and nearly blind, and he's an 87-year-old World War II veteran whose only brush with the law was a traffic ticket or two, decades ago.
Someone burning trash accidentally started a brush fire over the weekend that burned 110 acres in Colley Township, Sullivan County, a Mildred fire official said.
Head lice also can spread through the sharing of combs or hair brushes.
As a child, the foyer of my parent's home had two large oriental rugs, and every so often, I'd brush the fringe straight with a lime green comb .
Down Route 58, past tangles of scrub brush and 20 miles of landscape that ripples in the heat of the high California desert, America took its first steps into the space age in the 1960s.
Brush DC Motors Offer Size Reduction without Compromising Efficiency.
Portescap introduces 12GS motors to their Athlonix™ platform of high-power density brush dc motors.
Rain helps firefighters' efforts to contain 750-acre brush fire in Craig County.
(AP) — Firefighters are getting help from Mother Nature in their effort to contain a 750-acre brush fire in Craig County.
Obviously, before completing your first swipe of the brush you'll need to clean the surface so it's smooth and free of debris.
Classes start Nov 13 at Brush Creek Pavilion.
Two wildfires, triggered by lightning strikes over the weekend, have burned thousands of acres of scrub brush in the Grand Coulee Dam area within the last 24 hours.
But how do you clean and prepare concrete walls that have never seen a brush.
Still Unearthing Discoveries in de Kooning 's Brush Strokes.
LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — What Cleve Foster remembers most about his recent brushes with death is the steel door, the last one condemned Texas inmates typically walk through before their execution.

In science:

Inspired by recent work , foreground regions are 4connected to a user made brush stroke to avoid deserted foreground islands.
Learning an Interactive Segmentation System
Given the ground truth segmentation yk and the current segmentation solution y, the active user model is a policy s : (xk , yk , uk,t , y) (cid:55)→ uk,t+1 which specifies which brush stroke to place next.
Learning an Interactive Segmentation System
We have investigated various options for this policy: (1) Brush strokes at random image positions. (2) Brush strokes in the middle of the wrongly labelled region (center).
Learning an Interactive Segmentation System
We then mark a circular brush stroke at the pixel which is inside this region and furthest away from the boundary.
Learning an Interactive Segmentation System
We consider the user model which marks a circular brush stroke at the pixel (1) with the lowest min marginal (sensit). (2) which results in the largest change in labeling (roi size). (3) which decreases the Hamming error by the biggest amount (Hamming).
Learning an Interactive Segmentation System