The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Brush \Brush\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brushed (br[u^]sht); p. pr.
& vb. n. Brushing.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See
1. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to
rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. "A' brushes
his hat o' mornings." --Shak.
2. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a
Some spread their sailes, some with strong oars
The waters smooth, and brush the buxom wave.
Brushed with the kiss of rustling wings. --Milton.
3. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of
brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; -- commonly
As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed
With raven's feather from unwholesome fen. --Shak.
And from the boughts brush off the evil dew.
To brush aside, to remove from one's way, as with a brush.
To brush away, to remove, as with a brush or brushing
To brush up, to paint, or make clean or bright with a
brush; to cleanse or improve; to renew.
You have commissioned me to paint your shop, and I
have done my best to brush you up like your