Definition of airbrush in US English:

airbrush

noun

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

    • ‘Then I cobbled it together in a painting using an airbrush and masking film.’
    • ‘The dots are produced by bursts from an airbrush.’
    • ‘From his father he had learned the use of the airbrush and this now became the principal tool of his trade.’
    • ‘After politics I can go home and have a look at some compressors for my airbrush.’
    • ‘Using an undercoat by spattering acrylics, I finish off the surface of the sculpture with oil paints with the aid of an airbrush.’
    • ‘These pens feature a unique mouthpiece, which when blown into, sprays ink in the same manner as an airbrush.’
    • ‘And makeup artists are already experimenting with airbrushes, misting their clients' faces with thin glazes that don't look too pancakey.’
    • ‘Visually retreating to an indeterminate distance are soft-focus spots or clouds of unbroken color clunkily applied with an airbrush.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soft focus and an airbrush can do wonders for your appearance.’
    • ‘We basically sprayed acrylic paint around their eyes with an airbrush and painted the eyes.’
    • ‘All paints sprayed through an airbrush must have the consistency of milk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 other innovation was to use a spray instead of brush for painting, rather different from using an airbrush, he says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Often the seams were concealed by painting with airbrushes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Helnwein's paintings, however, are based on his photographs, which he transfers onto canvas using an airbrush, inkjet printing or, at times, traditional paintbrushes.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Paint with an airbrush.

    ‘a cab airbrushed with a mural of a sunset’
    • ‘Each field is built up of gesso, each layer sanded to a flawless finish, the last one airbrushed smoother than any shell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On each side a jumping dolphin had been airbrushed beautifully along the groove of the helmet.’
    • ‘The ship's machine shop was occupied alternately by everyone airbrushing the paint onto their armor for the next six hours.’
    • ‘Then they spray me down, they airbrush the rest of me with blue makeup.’
    • ‘While walking with Raymond, an inmate suggested airbrushing a giant mural of Jesus on the side of the prison.’
    • ‘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 work's neon-bright surfaces range from the impeccably airbrushed to lumpy aquarium rocks drenched in paint and glued on.’
    • ‘The medium is the enamel airbrushed on a prepared surface of cement and other materials.’
    • ‘Yokosuka's Morale, Welfare and Recreation department is responsible for providing Tanner with the opportunity to paint and airbrush different buildings around the base.’
    • ‘In some spots, these self-consciously gestural strokes have been airbrushed blue.’
    • ‘I had it sprayed gold and the art work airbrushed onto the side panels.’
    • ‘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 series includes special graphics designed by James and personally airbrushed by one of California's top artists.’
    • ‘The clouds shone like they were airbrushed gold, while the sky around them was a mix of dark blue and a golden magenta.’
    • ‘This particular 1987 Porsche 924 had a tiger-woman airbrushed onto the side of it.’
    colour, apply paint to, decorate, tint, dye, stain, distemper, whitewash, emulsion, gloss, spray, spray-paint, roller, coat, cover
    daub, smear, plaster, spray, spray-paint
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    1. 1.1 Alter or conceal (a photograph or a detail in one) using an airbrush.
      ‘a picture of a man with wings airbrushed onto his shoulders’
      • ‘Which is fine by me, but don't believe the airbrushed photos or footage from 20 years ago of her.’
      • ‘First, take a look at Darren's blog to see his work on airbrushing my family photos.’
      • ‘I've had hours of makeup and hair and good lighting and then the photos are airbrushed.’
      • ‘The cover photo showed Michael in closeup, his eyes airbrushed blue.’
      • ‘She looked great - there's no airbrushing done of this woman's photos.’
      • ‘The photo shows me aloft (they airbrushed the photograph to camouflage the torn clothing).’
      • ‘But not nearly so, um, airbrushed as she is in photographs.’
      • ‘It's not just fancy makeup, photography or airbrushing; her spirit shines through all of it!’
      • ‘Photography studios that specialize in school photos are now offering airbrushing and retouching services to interested students.’
      • ‘interns, why can't they get their campaign photos airbrushed?’
      • ‘Her photo had been so airbrushed, with two ribs removed and legs lengthened, she didn't recognise herself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's because, these days, almost every photo is digitally enhanced - or airbrushed - to make the model appear flawless.’
      • ‘In terms of photography and airbrushing, this ad is excellent.’
      • ‘Does anyone remember that pledge card - that little credit card with the airbrushed photo of the Prime Minister?’
      • ‘Being photographed for magazines myself, I know that they airbrush you and they make you look much better than you do in real life.’
      • ‘It reminds me of Stalin airbrushing Trotsky out of the photos.’
      • ‘In fact, she airbrushed half of that pimple away so you can still see a little bit of it.’
      • ‘Can we airbrush out that newspaper tacked onto the skirting boards, please?’
      • ‘Jason had finished Isabel's airbrushed photo and I was back online.’
    2. 1.2usually as adjective airbrushed Represent or describe (someone or something) as better or more beautiful than they in fact are.
      ‘an airbrushed vision of the decade’
      • ‘This Government believes in airbrushing history.’
      • ‘Although the press airbrushed the problem out of the picture during the economic euphoria of the late 1990s, the trade deficits never went away.’
      • ‘Reality is airbrushed and we're given promises of fabulous, mythical oases of futurity.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact it was quite cheering in many ways, that the past isn't just airbrushed away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Herzog subtly chronicles this mighty, pathos-laden struggle, treating it with the seriousness it deserves without airbrushing its blind moments or gestures of excess.’
      • ‘It also seems honest, not some airbrushed MTV stylised version of youth and, of course, it's really funny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She does not try to airbrush his flaws nor does she indulge in pop psychology.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

airbrush

/ˈerˌbrəSH//ˈɛrˌbrəʃ/