What does rub mean?
Definitions for rub
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rub.
hang-up, hitch, rub, snagnoun
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, scratchverb
"my sweater scratches"
rub, scratch, itchverb
scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
"Don't scratch your insect bites!"
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.
Etymology: From. Cognate with rubben, rubbeling, and rubba, rubbe.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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
Etymology: [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. 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
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.]
What does RUB stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the RUB acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rub is ranked #69170 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Rub surname appeared 284 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rub.
84.1% or 239 total occurrences were White.
11.9% or 34 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.8% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rub' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4413
Rank popularity for the word 'rub' in Verbs Frequency: #673
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The numerical value of rub in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of rub in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of rub in a Sentence
He's trying to swing way above the weight of the Minneapolis Fed. He didn't come from California just to rub elbows with ranchers in Helena.
I knew about that scene from the Bible, but I guess I had never really considered it, when I got there, I thought : I'm not going to rub dirt in her eyes. Who the f * ! # would do that ? It doesn't make any sense. That is a horrible introduction to seeing.
Because that in Kim Davis understanding and mind is authorizing something that is contrary to Kim Davis Christian values and convictions, that's where the conscience rub is.
When you're away, I'm restless, lonely, wretched, bored, dejected only here's the rub, my darling dear, I feel the same when you're near.
When she would look over my shoulder a couple of times, her breast would rub on my shoulder, sometimes she would bend over in front of everyone knowing there’s people behind her. And you’re in an all-male facility.
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Translations for rub
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- fregarCatalan, Valencian
- třít, mnoutCzech
- gnide, skaveDanish
- einreiben, abreiben, aufpolieren, polieren, sich abscheuern, reiben, putzen, sich ablaufen, sich abreibenGerman
- τρίψιμο, τρίβωGreek
- hinkata, hieroa, hangata, hankausFinnish
- frotter, frictionFrench
- slìogScottish Gaelic
- fregare, strofinare, strofinamentoItalian
- frico, tergeoLatin
- reiwenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- fretar, fregarOccitan
- fricção, friccionar, esfregarPortuguese
- тереть, потеретьRussian
- friài, fricare, friare, frigareSardinian
- trljati, tare, ribati, trti, očešatiSerbo-Croatian
- stryka, gnida, gnugga, skavaSwedish
- sürtmek, ovmak, ovma, dokundurmak, ovalamak, ovalamaTurkish
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