What does rubber mean?

Definitions for rubber
ˈrʌb ərrub·ber

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rubber, natural rubber, India rubber, gum elastic, caoutchoucnoun

    an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products

  2. rubber, synthetic rubbernoun

    any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties resemble natural rubber

  3. rubber eraser, rubber, pencil erasernoun

    an eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber); commonly mounted at one end of a pencil

  4. condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylacticnoun

    contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

  5. arctic, galosh, golosh, rubber, gumshoeadjective

    a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow

  6. rubber, no-goodverb

    returned for lack of funds

    "a rubber check"; "a no-good check"

  7. rubberize, rubberise, rubberverb

    coat or impregnate with rubber

    "rubberize fabric for rain coats"

GCIDE

  1. Rubbernoun

    India rubber; caoutchouc; gum elastic; -- also called natural rubber.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rubbernoun

    one who, or that which, rubs

  2. Rubbernoun

    an instrument or thing used in rubbing, polishing, or cleaning

  3. Rubbernoun

    a coarse file, or the rough part of a file

  4. Rubbernoun

    a whetstone; a rubstone

  5. Rubbernoun

    an eraser, usually made of caoutchouc

  6. Rubbernoun

    the cushion of an electrical machine

  7. Rubbernoun

    one who performs massage, especially in a Turkish bath

  8. Rubbernoun

    something that chafes or annoys; hence, something that grates on the feelings; a sarcasm; a rub

  9. Rubbernoun

    in some games, as whist, the odd game, as the third or the fifth, when there is a tie between the players; as, to play the rubber; also, a contest determined by the winning of two out of three games; as, to play a rubber of whist

  10. Rubbernoun

    india rubber; caoutchouc

  11. Rubbernoun

    an overshoe made of India rubber

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rubber

    rub′ėr, n. one who rubs down horses: one who practises massage: a coarse towel for rubbing the body: a piece of caoutchouc for erasing pencil-marks, india-rubber: a brush for erasing marks of chalk: the cushion of an electric machine: a whetstone, a file: an emery-cloth: an overshoe: a rub, as 'One who plays with bowls must expect to meet with rubbers': a contest of three games, as at whist—also the deciding game in such a series.—adj. made of caoutchouc or india-rubber.—ns. Rubb′er-cloth, a fabric coated with caoutchouc; Rubb′er-dam, a sheet of caoutchouc used by dentists to keep saliva out of a tooth while being filled; Rubb′er-gauge, a device for measuring the amount of india-rubber needed to make a given article; Rubb′er-mould, a vulcanite mould used by dentists in shaping the plates for artificial teeth; Rubb′er-mount′ing, in saddlery, harness-mounting with vulcanite in imitation of leather-work.—n.pl. Rubb′ers, a disease in sheep, with great heat and itchiness.—ns. Rubb′er-saw, a circular rotatory knife for cutting india-rubber; Rubb′er-stamp, an instrument for stamping by hand with ink, the letters, &c., being in flexible vulcanised rubber; Rubb′er-type, a type cast in rubber; Rubb′ing, an application of friction: a copy of an inscribed surface produced by rubbing heel-ball or plumbago upon paper laid over it.—ns. Rubb′ing-machine′, a machine used in linen bleaching; Rubb′ing-post, a stone or wooden post set up for cattle to rub themselves against; Rubb′ing-stone, a gritstone for erasing the marks on a stone.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rubber

    A high-molecular-weight polymeric elastomer derived from the milk juice (LATEX) of HEVEA brasiliensis and other trees and plants. It is a substance that can be stretched at room temperature to at least twice its original length and after releasing the stress, retract rapidly, and recover its original dimensions fully.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rubber

    A small instrument used to rub or flatten down the seams of a sail, in sail-making.

Editors Contribution

  1. rubber

    A type of material and product created and produced in various colors, materials, shapes and sizes.

    Rubber is used in so many products, e.g. Elastic bands, wellington boots, footballs, conveyor belts and windscreen wipers.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 9, 2016  
  2. rubber

    A type of natural matter produced by a variety of species of trees.

    There are a variety of species of trees that produce a sap that w humans call rubber.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 9, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rubber' in Adjectives Frequency: #1002

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rubber in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rubber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of rubber in a Sentence

  1. John Steinbeck:

    The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the town lets wither a time and die.

  2. New York:

    Anna said [the officer] was trying to manipulate a rubber band over his name tag, so she couldn’t see who it was.

  3. Phil Orlando:

    The knee-jerk reaction on the Fed lift-off is negative, we think the Fed lift-off is a positive for the economy and stocks, because it means the Fed is rubber-stamping the fact they truly believe the economy is strong enough.

  4. Executive Director Bill Hancock:

    I never expected a rubber stamp on this, it's too complex.

  5. Janelle Eli:

    When we spotted flimsy rafts and boats with our searchlight in the pitch dark, my heart always skipped a beat, she said. We could see through binoculars that rubber rafts were bowing under the weight of so many people. Hundreds of eyes looking back at us — stunned and panicked, but hopeful they’d be rescued. [D]rowning isn’t the only cause of death.

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