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Rub meaning

rub - 25 dictionary results

  1. 1. move over something with pressure; " rub my hands"; " rub oil into her skin"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. To move over the surface of ( a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground.
  4. 4. To cause ( a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.
  5. 5. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
  6. 6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
  7. 7. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost.
  8. 8. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore.
  9. 9. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world.
  10. 10. The act of rubbing; friction.
  11. 11. 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. 12. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness.
  13. 13. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub.
  14. 14. Imperfection; failing; fault.
  15. 15. A chance.
  16. 16. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; - often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.
  17. 17. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; - called also rubstone.
  18. 18. To move something with pressure over the surface of; as, to rub one's face with a towel; to pass over with a scraping or brushing movement; as, the wheel rubbed my dress; to cause to move over with pressure; as, to rub one's hand over one's arm; to clean or scour by moving omething over with pressure; to polish; as, to rub up the silver; to remove by moving something over; erase; as, to rub out a black mark; renew one's knowledge of; as, to rub up one's history; to affect one's feelings disagreeably; as, to rub one the wrong way.
  19. 19. To move along a surface with pressure; scrape; as, two things rub together; to get along with difficulty; as, to manage to rub along.
  20. 20. A moving of something over with pressure; a rubbing; as, give the table a good rub; that which makes progress difficult; hindrance; something that is harsh to the feelings; a sarcasm.
  21. 21. Rubbed.
  22. 22. Rubbing.
  23. 23. Friction; difficulty.
  24. 24. To move over with pressure.
  25. 25. To pass over with friction; wipe; touch hard.

rub - examples of usage

  1. Rub this on the ear several times a day. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. It is always accompanied with a great desire to rub the affected part. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. It is frequently noticed that cattle rub themselves as soon as they pass from the stable into the open air- changing from a warm to a cold atmosphere. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
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