ETYM Old Eng. brusche, Old Fren. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, French brosse brush, Late Lat. brustia, bruscia, from Old High Germ. brusta, brust, bristle, German borste bristle, bürste brush. Related to Bristle, Browse.
1. A dense growth of bushes; SYN. brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket.
2. A minor short-term fight; SYN. clash, encounter, skirmish.
3. An implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle.
4. A clump of fine wires that conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor.
5. Momentary contact; SYN. light touch.
6. The act of brushing one's hair or teeth; SYN. brushing.
A brush used to apply paint. paint brush
An artist’s tool in a paint program or another graphics application for applying a streak of solid color to an image. The user can usually select the width of the streak. See also paint program. Compare spraycan.
ETYM Cf. French simplet, Italian semplicione.
A person lacking intelligence or common sense; SYN. simple.