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Brush \Brush\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brushed (br[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Brushing.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See Brush, n.]

  1. 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.''

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    To brush aside, to remove from one's way, as with a brush.

    To brush away, to remove, as with a brush or brushing motion.

    To brush up, to paint, or make clean or bright with a brush; to cleanse or improve; to renew.

    You have commissioned me to paint your shop, and I have done my best to brush you up like your neighbors.


Brushing \Brush"ing\, a.

  1. Constructed or used to brush with; as a brushing machine.

  2. Brisk; light; as, a brushing gallop.

  1. (context dated English) brisk; light n. An instance of brushing. v

  2. (present participle of brush English)

  1. n. the act of brushing your teeth; "the dentist recommended two brushes a day" [syn: brush]

  2. the act of brushing your hair; "he gave his hair a quick brush" [syn: brush]


Brushing may refer to:

  • tooth brushing
  • wire brushing
  • brushing and linking, a human–computer interaction technique
  • Endobronchial brushing, a technique of bronchoscopy
  • a collective technique for tending of trees, including
    • Pruning
    • Clipping
    • Girdling

Usage examples of "brushing".

A moment later he was back on dry land, brushing the water from his body and slipping back into his clothes.

Slanter muttered almost inaudibly, brushing with his hand at the darkness before him.

Eric snapped, brushing back the lock of red hair that fell on his forehead whenever anger threatened.

Franklin cursed and stepped back, brushing glass fragments from his head and shoulders.

The robot rolled around inside his cell for a few seconds, repeating his name and brushing rubble aside to make way.

It was practically empty save for a few young pages walking and brushing horses.

As the king stepped into the chamber, Jancis stopped brushing and gasped.

They walked alone through the tall weeds, brushing aside the grasses as they made their way at last to the abandoned garden.

Slowly he opened his fist, letting the cloth of her gown slip away, but his fingertips lingered on her, brushing her.

Akeela poked at it, brushing away the dirt and found it was a slip of paper.

With a snarl, Joe seated himself, brushing off placations from the men on either side of him.

His breath left him in a thunderous rush and she held the phone tight to her ear, her lips brushing the mouthpiece as she imagined his orgasm quivering through her too, through muscles already exhausted, nerves already strummed and sated.

He stepped closer and circled his hands around her neck, thumbs brushing sinuously against her collarbones.

She started by brushing her lips against his, once, twice, feeling his mouth soften under hers in response.

More than the slow, measured thrust he now offered, the heel of his hand brushing her swollen clitoris with each deliberate rotation.