part of speech: noun

definition 1: a tool made of stiff hairs or bristles that have been fastened to a handle. A brush is used for grooming, painting, or scrubbing.

definition 2: the act of using a brush.

  • Your hair needs one last brush before you have your picture taken.

synonyms: flick, sweep

definition 3: a quick, light touch or short encounter.

  • She felt the brush of a moth against her cheek.
  • We had a brush with danger.

synonyms: encounter, graze

part of speech: verb

inflections: brushes, brushing, brushed

definition 1: to use a brush on.

  • I brush my hair and my teeth every night.

synonyms: stroke, sweep

definition 2: to lightly touch or move across.

  • When I crawled under the house, cobwebs brushed my face.

synonyms: graze, stroke, sweep

definition 3: to remove with a light movement as if using a brush.

  • I brushed the dirt off my pants.

synonyms: sweep

phrase: brush up on