from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun As much as can be lifted with a brush: as, a brushful of paint.


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  • It was as though someone using a brushful of black paint had blocked out all the figures walking around her.

    Borrowed Finery, A Memoir

  • Si Peters was in the act of applying the first brushful of tar to his back.

    The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview

  • "Quelle langue! quelle _langue est la langue_ Américaine!" sniffed the elder Swede, wiping off a brushful of "turps" in her back hair.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878.

  • It was just as though a brushful of gray paint had been dashed along that line where the earth and the sky met.

    Nan Sherwood at Rose Ranch

  • "No, ma'am," David said briefly; and rubbed on another brushful.

    The Awakening of Helena Richie

  • This is accomplished by either painting into a thin glaze of color, administered to the whole canvas so that every brushful partakes of some of it; or by modifying the painting subsequently by transparent glazes of the same tone.

    Pictorial Composition and the Critical Judgment of Pictures

  • But while he was putting on the last brushful or two, a thought came to him which sent him hurrying into the house in quite a flurry.

    The Story of Jessie

  • The virgin surface of the snow lay glittering gold and silver in the early morning sun, with here and there, as a contrast, the long shadows of the limbs of a great oak or elm, cast as though some one had traced its pattern for fun with a brushful of the purest cobalt.

    'Murphy' A Message to Dog Lovers

  • As a rule, they partook of this without stopping work: they had it on the floor beside them and ate and drank and worked at the same time -- a paint-brushful of white lead in one hand, and a piece of bread and margarine in the other.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • One was the tar-boy, whose business it was to dab a brushful of tar upon any scarlet patch appearing upon a white under-coat where the shears had clipped too close.



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