Definition of airbrush in English:

airbrush

noun

  • An artist's device for spraying paint by means of compressed air.

    • ‘Soft focus and an airbrush can do wonders for your appearance.’
    • ‘From his father he had learned the use of the airbrush and this now became the principal tool of his trade.’
    • ‘A ten to 15-minute session, using an airbrush to spray the substance on the skin, causes the tan to develop over the next 24 hours and it lasts between five and ten days.’
    • ‘These pens feature a unique mouthpiece, which when blown into, sprays ink in the same manner as an airbrush.’
    • ‘Bear Air Express is the world's largest supplier of airbrushes and airbrush-related products.’
    • ‘Next, ‘age’ the inscription using an airbrush filled with quartz powder, before creating its ‘ancient’ patina by grinding stone into a watery paste.’
    • ‘Then I cobbled it together in a painting using an airbrush and masking film.’
    • ‘All paints sprayed through an airbrush must have the consistency of milk.’
    • ‘After politics I can go home and have a look at some compressors for my airbrush.’
    • ‘In fact, Kimble admits that racing led him to his biggest crossroad in life, deciding whether to pursue a career behind the wheel or behind an airbrush.’
    • ‘Often the seams were concealed by painting with airbrushes.’
    • ‘Helnwein's paintings, however, are based on his photographs, which he transfers onto canvas using an airbrush, inkjet printing or, at times, traditional paintbrushes.’
    • ‘Using airbrush, spray paint, glitter and acrylic, she depicts subjects ranging from a military operation in Iraq to a piece of Chinese porcelain, in a kind of fuzzy, watercolorish manner.’
    • ‘The dots are produced by bursts from an airbrush.’
    • ‘And makeup artists are already experimenting with airbrushes, misting their clients' faces with thin glazes that don't look too pancakey.’
    • ‘Using an undercoat by spattering acrylics, I finish off the surface of the sculpture with oil paints with the aid of an airbrush.’
    • ‘The other innovation was to use a spray instead of brush for painting, rather different from using an airbrush, he says.’
    • ‘We basically sprayed acrylic paint around their eyes with an airbrush and painted the eyes.’
    • ‘For some years he had worked in the advertising field as a mechanical draftsman, and he had learned, among other techniques, the use of the airbrush.’
    • ‘Visually retreating to an indeterminate distance are soft-focus spots or clouds of unbroken color clunkily applied with an airbrush.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Paint with an airbrush:

    ‘the cab was airbrushed with a mural of a sunset’
    • ‘After he was airbrushed with silver paint, he lay down in the pool for the overhead photo and hooked his legs around an aluminum pool rail.’
    • ‘While walking with Raymond, an inmate suggested airbrushing a giant mural of Jesus on the side of the prison.’
    • ‘On each side a jumping dolphin had been airbrushed beautifully along the groove of the helmet.’
    • ‘I had it sprayed gold and the art work airbrushed onto the side panels.’
    • ‘This particular 1987 Porsche 924 had a tiger-woman airbrushed onto the side of it.’
    • ‘Each field is built up of gesso, each layer sanded to a flawless finish, the last one airbrushed smoother than any shell.’
    • ‘The series includes special graphics designed by James and personally airbrushed by one of California's top artists.’
    • ‘Then they spray me down, they airbrush the rest of me with blue makeup.’
    • ‘To create a uniform appearance for photography, the material was blackened either with black impermanent ink airbrushed onto the actual fossils, or by using lampblack or other dry colored powder dusted onto the silicone rubber cast.’
    • ‘The ship's machine shop was occupied alternately by everyone airbrushing the paint onto their armor for the next six hours.’
    • ‘Yokosuka's Morale, Welfare and Recreation department is responsible for providing Tanner with the opportunity to paint and airbrush different buildings around the base.’
    • ‘The work's neon-bright surfaces range from the impeccably airbrushed to lumpy aquarium rocks drenched in paint and glued on.’
    • ‘Here the same thing is happening - less spectacularly, more subtly - as in the pictures by popular fantasy artists, who airbrush imaginary landscapes and populate them with monsters and buxom ladies.’
    • ‘The clouds shone like they were airbrushed gold, while the sky around them was a mix of dark blue and a golden magenta.’
    • ‘The medium is the enamel airbrushed on a prepared surface of cement and other materials.’
    • ‘In some spots, these self-consciously gestural strokes have been airbrushed blue.’
    1. 1.1 Alter or conceal (a photograph or a detail in one) using an airbrush:
      ‘a picture of a man with wings airbrushed on to his shoulders’
      • ‘Her photo had been so airbrushed, with two ribs removed and legs lengthened, she didn't recognise herself.’
      • ‘In terms of photography and airbrushing, this ad is excellent.’
      • ‘In fact, she airbrushed half of that pimple away so you can still see a little bit of it.’
      • ‘Which is fine by me, but don't believe the airbrushed photos or footage from 20 years ago of her.’
      • ‘Does anyone remember that pledge card - that little credit card with the airbrushed photo of the Prime Minister?’
      • ‘The photo shows me aloft (they airbrushed the photograph to camouflage the torn clothing).’
      • ‘It's not just fancy makeup, photography or airbrushing; her spirit shines through all of it!’
      • ‘It reminds me of Stalin airbrushing Trotsky out of the photos.’
      • ‘Can we airbrush out that newspaper tacked onto the skirting boards, please?’
      • ‘First, take a look at Darren's blog to see his work on airbrushing my family photos.’
      • ‘interns, why can't they get their campaign photos airbrushed?’
      • ‘The cover photo showed Michael in closeup, his eyes airbrushed blue.’
      • ‘Jason had finished Isabel's airbrushed photo and I was back online.’
      • ‘I'd just ceded my computer hours to Jason so he could airbrush hundreds of scars out of a photograph of an eight year old girl who was still somehow convinced that she was a princess, somehow convinced that everything was going to get better.’
      • ‘But not nearly so, um, airbrushed as she is in photographs.’
      • ‘Being photographed for magazines myself, I know that they airbrush you and they make you look much better than you do in real life.’
      • ‘That's because, these days, almost every photo is digitally enhanced - or airbrushed - to make the model appear flawless.’
      • ‘She looked great - there's no airbrushing done of this woman's photos.’
      • ‘Photography studios that specialize in school photos are now offering airbrushing and retouching services to interested students.’
      • ‘I've had hours of makeup and hair and good lighting and then the photos are airbrushed.’
    2. 1.2 Represent or describe as better or more beautiful than in reality:
      ‘many lived through the disasters and know that the past has been airbrushed’
      • ‘Reality is airbrushed and we're given promises of fabulous, mythical oases of futurity.’
      • ‘This Government believes in airbrushing history.’
      • ‘It also seems honest, not some airbrushed MTV stylised version of youth and, of course, it's really funny.’
      • ‘Her voice might be sweet like chocolate but she's more concerned with the bruising reality of real-life relationships than the airbrushed fantasy-land favoured by your usual hooting divas.’
      • ‘Although the press airbrushed the problem out of the picture during the economic euphoria of the late 1990s, the trade deficits never went away.’
      • ‘But since governments also occasionally do the same, likewise claiming to act with the sanction of the people, both parties are united sooner or later in the resolve to airbrush such realities out of the record.’
      • ‘In fact it was quite cheering in many ways, that the past isn't just airbrushed away.’
      • ‘It is here that Kundera points to the tyranny of totalitarian power which airbrushes the past to control the future, so that questions and issues that might be raised are mocked out of existence.’
      • ‘In airbrushing the brutality of slavery, we make it possible to ignore the tremendous power that race had - and continues to have - in shaping this society.’
      • ‘She does not try to airbrush his flaws nor does she indulge in pop psychology.’
      • ‘A nation where the unpleasant aspects of human existence are simply airbrushed away.’
      • ‘In contrast one of the most important dates in English history - one which represents one of the greatest catastrophes ever to befall an English monarch - has been airbrushed from national consciousness.’
      • ‘I've stated my views before, but I think it is dangerous for the future if we too easily airbrush the major errors of the past.’
      • ‘Herzog subtly chronicles this mighty, pathos-laden struggle, treating it with the seriousness it deserves without airbrushing its blind moments or gestures of excess.’

Pronunciation:

airbrush

/ˈɛːbrʌʃ/