k. brush

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brush1 (brʌʃ)
 
n
1.  a device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc
2.  the act or an instance of brushing
3.  a light stroke made in passing; graze
4.  a brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish
5.  the bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog
6.  an electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc
7.  a dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light
 
vb
8.  (tr) to clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush
9.  (tr) to apply or remove with a brush or brushing movement: brush the crumbs off the table
10.  (tr) to touch lightly and briefly
11.  (intr) to move so as to graze or touch something lightly
 
[C14: from Old French broisse, perhaps from brocebrush²]
 
'brusher1
 
n
 
'brushlike1
 
adj

brush2 (brʌʃ)
 
n
1.  a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
2.  land covered with scrub
3.  broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
4.  wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods
 
[C16 (dense undergrowth), C14 (cuttings of trees): from Old French broce, from Vulgar Latin bruscia (unattested) brushwood]

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Word Origin & History

brush
"dust-sweeper," late 14c., from O.Fr. broisse (Mod.Fr. brosse) "a brush" (13c.), perhaps from V.L. *bruscia "a bunch of new shoots" (used to sweep away dust), perhaps from P.Gmc. *bruskaz "underbrush." As a verb, attested from mid-15c. Brush off "rebuff, dismiss" is from 1941.

brush
"shrubbery," early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. bruce "brushwood," O.N.Fr. broche, O.Fr. broce "bush, thicket, undergrowth" (12c., Mod.Fr. brosse), from Gallo-Romance *brocia, perhaps from *brucus "heather," or possibly from the same source as brush (1). The verb meaning "to move
briskly" especially past or against something or someone (1670s) probably belongs here, on the notion of a horse, etc., passing through dense undergrowth, but brush (1) probably has contributed something to it as well.
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