A brush is a tool with bristles, wire or other filaments, used for cleaning, grooming hair, make up, painting, surface finishing and for many other purposes. It is one of the most basic and versatile tools known to mankind, and the average household may contain several dozen varieties. It generally consists of a handle or block to which filaments are affixed either parallel- or perpendicular-wise, depending on the way the brush is to be gripped during use. The material of both the block and bristles or filaments is chosen to withstand hazards of its application, such as corrosive chemicals, heat or abrasion.

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  1. An implement consisting of multiple more or less flexible bristles or other filaments attached to a handle, used for any of various purposes including cleaning, painting, and arranging hair.
  2. A piece of conductive material, usually carbon, serving to maintain electrical contact between the stationary and rotating parts of a machine.
  3. The act of brushing something.
  4. Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees ().
  5. A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience.
  6. The furry tail of an animal, especially of a fox.
  7. A tuft of hair on the mandibles.
  8. A short contest, or trial, of speed.
  9. An instrument, resembling a brush, used to produce a soft sound from drums or cymbals.
  10. An on-screen tool for "painting" a particular colour or texture.
  11. In 3D video games, a convex polyhedron, especially one that defines structure of the play area.
  12. The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino.
  13. (North Wisconsin, uncountable) Evergreen boughs, especially balsam, locally cut and baled for export, usually for use in wreathmaking.


  1. To clean with a brush.
    Brush your teeth.
  2. To untangle or arrange with a brush.
    Brush your hair.
  3. To apply with a brush.
    Brush the paint onto the walls.
  4. To remove with a sweeping motion.
    Brush the flour off your clothes.
  5. To touch with a sweeping motion, or lightly in passing.
    Her scarf brushed his skin.

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