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airbrush

[air-bruhsh] /ˈɛərˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
an atomizer for spraying paint.
verb (used with object)
2.
to paint or decorate, using an airbrush:
to airbrush murals; to airbrush silk kimonos.
3.
to remove or alter by or as by means of an airbrush:
to airbrush facial lines from a photograph.
4.
to prettify or sanitize:
airbrushed versions of modern history.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; air1 + brush1
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  • By that time, he had discovered the airbrush for which his resolutely monochromatic work is best known.
  • Color or shade drawings to create photographic likenesses using an airbrush.
  • The tool used is an airbrush, which is generally attached to an electric compressor that can supply air to a precision spray gun.
  • In this technique, droplets of ink are deposited on heated substrates using an airbrush.
  • Painting that normally requires the use of an airbrush or an extension on the spray gun to properly reach limited access spaces.
British Dictionary definitions for airbrush

airbrush

/ˈɛəˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
an atomizer for spraying paint or varnish by means of compressed air
verb (transitive)
2.
to paint or varnish (something) by using an airbrush
3.
to improve the image of (a person or thing) by concealing defects beneath a bland exterior: an airbrushed version of the government's record
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