What does RUB mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word RUB.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hang-up, hitch, rub, snag(noun)

    an unforeseen obstacle

  2. rub, wipe(verb)

    the act of rubbing or wiping

    "he gave the hood a quick rub"

  3. rub(verb)

    move over something with pressure

    "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"

  4. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  5. rub, scratch, itch(verb)

    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

    "Don't scratch your insect bites!"


  1. rub(Noun)

    An act of rubbing.

    Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out

  2. rub(Noun)

    A difficulty or problem.

    Therein lies the rub.

  3. rub(Noun)

    In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.

  4. rub(Noun)

    A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.

  5. rub(Verb)

    To move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area.

  6. rub(Verb)

    To rub something against.

    I rubbed the glass with the cloth.

  7. rub(Verb)

    To rub against something.

    My shoes are beginning to rub.

  8. Origin: From . Cognate with rubben, rubbeling, and rubba, rubbe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rub(verb)

    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

  2. Rub(verb)

    to move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground

  3. Rub(verb)

    to cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body

  4. Rub(verb)

    to spread a substance thinly over; to smear

  5. Rub(verb)

    to scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver

  6. Rub(verb)

    to hinder; to cross; to thwart

  7. Rub(verb)

    to move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost

  8. Rub(verb)

    to fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore

  9. Rub(verb)

    to move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world

  10. Rub(noun)

    the act of rubbing; friction

  11. Rub(noun)

    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

  12. Rub(noun)

    inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness

  13. Rub(noun)

    something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub

  14. Rub(noun)

    imperfection; failing; fault

  15. Rub(noun)

    a chance

  16. Rub(noun)

    a stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also rubstone

  17. Origin: [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.]


  1. Rub

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rub

    rub, v.t. to move something over the surface of with pressure or friction: to clean, polish, or smooth, by passing something over: to wipe: to scour: to remove by friction (with off, out): to erase or obliterate (with out): to touch hard, fret: at bowls, to touch the jack with the bowl.—v.i. to move along with pressure, friction, or difficulty: to get through difficulties: to grate, to fret:—pr.p. rub′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. rubbed.—n. the act of rubbing: that which rubs: a collision: an obstruction: difficulty: a pinch: a joke: a sarcasm: a flaw: a rubber at cards.—ns. Rub′-a-dub, the sound of the drum when beaten; Rub′-ī′ron, a wheel-guard, or wheel-guard plate; Rub′stone, a whetstone: a coarse-grained sandstone used for sharpening instruments.—Rubbed work, work in stone smoothed by rubbing with gritstone; Rub down, to rub from top to bottom; Rub in, to force into the pores of by friction: to reiterate or emphasise; Rub out, to erase; Rub the wrong way, to irritate by opposition; Rub up, to polish: to freshen the memory. [Most prob. Celt.; Gael. rub, W. rhwbio, to rub, to grind.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RUB' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4413

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RUB' in Verbs Frequency: #673


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RUB in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RUB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bob Menendez:

    That's where the rub will be.

  2. Batman:

    The Joker Never rub another man's rhubarb.

  3. Christian Carrington:

    I don't buy these things to rub it in anyone's face.

  4. Michel de Montaigne:

    It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others

  5. Mark Knudsen:

    Farmers are very independent, a lot of them don’t want to rub shoulders with suits and ties.

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