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.
1. A rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures).
2. One of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes.
3. Thin cardboard, usually rectangular.
4. A card certifying the identity of the bearer; SYN. identity card.
5. A record of scores (as in golf); SYN. scorecard.
1. A device incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream.
2. A small short-handled broom used to brush clothes; SYN. whiskbroom.