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wire brush

a brush with steel bristles for removing rust, flaking paint, etc.


[wahyuh r-bruhsh] /ˈwaɪərˈbrʌʃ/
verb (used with object)
to clean or remove with a wire brush. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Scratch-card, a wire brush to remove tarnish from lead before soldering (p. 144).

    Stained Glass Work C. W. Whall
  • His wire brush lifted and all his strength seemed to ooze away.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • Faradism is applied in the form just described, using a wire brush as an electrode to the areas of numbness and anæsthesia.

    Fat and Blood S. Weir Mitchell
  • Clean the tops, bottoms and sides of the connectors with a wire brush, Figure 143.

  • This consisted of square board with a handle, and was covered by fine wire driven in, so as to make what was really a wire brush.

    The Story of the Cotton Plant Frederick Wilkinson
  • Brush the sides and end with a wire brush; also brighten the name plate.

  • Brush the tops of the post and connector thoroughly with a wire brush to remove any dirt which may have been floating in the lead.

  • The upper ends of plate lugs may be cleaned with a flat file, knife., or wire brush.

  • Clean them with a wire brush, and oil the threads on the bolt and in the nut to make them work easily.

  • Attach the other high tension wire to a wire brush, comb, or rod having a wooden handle and rub it over the outside of the jar.

British Dictionary definitions for wire brush

wire brush

a brush having wire bristles, used for cleaning metal, esp for removing rust, or for brushing against a cymbal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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