Definitions for rubrʌb
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
rubrʌb(v.; n.)rubbed, rub•bing
(v.t.)to subject (something) to pressure and friction, as in cleaning, polishing, or massaging; move one thing back and forth or with a rotary motion along the surface of (something else).
to move, spread, or apply with pressure and friction over something:
to rub lotion on chapped hands.
to move (two things) with pressure and friction over each other:
He rubbed his hands together.
to force (something) by pressure and friction (fol. by in or into).
to make sore from friction.
to remove or erase by pressure and friction (often fol. by off or out).
(v.i.)to exert pressure and friction on something.
to move with pressure against something.
to admit of being rubbed in a specified manner:
Chalk rubs off easily.
rub down, to smooth, polish, or clean by rubbing. to massage.
Category: Verb Phrase
rub off on,to pass along to, as or as if by touching:
I wish your good luck would rub off on me.
Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary
rub out, to obliterate; erase. Slang. to murder.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)an act or instance of rubbing:
an alcohol rub.
something that annoys or irritates one's feelings.
an annoying experience or circumstance.
an obstacle or difficulty.
a rough or abraded area caused by rubbing.
Idioms for rub:
rub elbows or shoulders with,to associate or mingle with.
rub it in,to emphasize or reiterate something unpleasant in order to tease or annoy.
rub someone's nose in,to remind someone persistently of (a past mistake) in order to punish.
rub the wrong way,to irritate; offend; annoy.
Origin of rub:
1300–50; ME rubben (v.); obscurely akin to Fris (East Frisian), LG rubben
hang-up, hitch, rub, snag(noun)
an unforeseen obstacle
the act of rubbing or wiping
"he gave the hood a quick rub"
move over something with pressure
"rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)
"my sweater scratches"
rub, scratch, itch(verb)
scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
"Don't scratch your insect bites!"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to move sth backward and forward over the surface of sth
He rubbed his leg where he had hit it.; She rubbed the mark off her cheek.
to move backward and forward against sth
The cat rubbed itself against her legs.; My new shoes are rubbing on my heel.
an of rubbing
Here, let me give your back a rub.
An act of rubbing.
Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out
A difficulty or problem.
Therein lies the rub.
In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.
A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.
To move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area.
To rub something against.
I rubbed the glass with the cloth.
To rub against something.
My shoes are beginning to rub.
Origin: From . Cognate with rubben, rubbeling, and rubba, rubbe.
to subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper
to move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground
to cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body
to spread a substance thinly over; to smear
to scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver
to hinder; to cross; to thwart
to move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost
to fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore
to move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world
the act of rubbing; friction
that which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch
inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness
something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub
imperfection; failing; fault
a stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also rubstone
Rub is a thick dark brown, very sweet syrup extracted from dates or carob. It is used widely in Libya, usually with Asida as well as many other Middle Eastern countries.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rub' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4413
Rank popularity for the word 'rub' in Verbs Frequency: #673
Translations for rub
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an act of rubbing
He gave the teapot a rub with a polishing cloth.
- حَك، دَلْك، تَدْليكArabic
- esfregandoPortuguese (BR)
- das ReibenGerman
- friega, acto de restregar/frotarSpanish
- سیقل؛ اصطکاکFarsi
- coup (de torchon)French
- nudd, núningurIcelandic
- strofinata, lucidataItalian
- 닦기, 마찰Korean
- berzēšana; spodrināšanaLatvian
- gniing, frotteringNorwegian
- سیقل؛ اصطکاکPersian
- سیقل، اصطکاکPashto
- 擦淨Chinese (Trad.)
- sự cọ; cái rụiVietnamese
- 擦净Chinese (Simp.)
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