A common combination is dustpan and brush. With a stick it is a broomstick.
A brush may also be for applying ink or paint. Brush can also refer to the digital equivalent one would find in a bitmap graphics editor (such as Photoshop or GIMP) - i.e., a virtual brush that can modify a digital picture. Alternatively, a brush may be used to groom hair.
Paint brushes can have three shapes:
- Round: The long, closely arranged bristles of these brushes enable them to hold more paint than other similarly sized but differently shaped brushes. This is why many artists prefer them for painting large areas and for color washes.
- Flat: These spread paint well
- Fan Shaped: These mix paint well.
- Paint must be cleaned from brushes immediately after use. This is especially true for oil and acrylic paint because removing dry, set residue can take bristles off or ruin a brush's shape.
- Never leave brushes bristle-end down in a container of water, turpentine, or any other solvent (if you want to clean them, do it by hand or with a wet cloth). This is because the bristles of the brush spread out against the bottom of the container and, will, if left too long, set that way (like Hair).
In golf, it is synonymous with the "rough" - the area outside the fairway.