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Dictionary Definition

rub

Noun

1 an unforeseen obstacle [syn: hang-up, hitch, snag]
2 the act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub" [syn: wipe]

Verb

1 move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
2 cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: fray, fret, chafe, scratch]
3 scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!" [syn: scratch, itch] [also: rubbing, rubbed]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • rŭb, /rʌb/, /rVb/
  • Rhymes: -ʌb

Noun

  1. An act of rubbing.
    Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out
  2. A difficulty or problem.
    Therein lies the rub.

Translations

Verb

  1. To move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area.
    I rubbed the cloth over the glass.
    The cat rubbed itself against my leg.
    I rubbed my hands together for warmth.
  2. To rub something against.
    I rubbed the glass with the cloth.
  3. To rub against something.
    My shoes are beginning to rub.

Translations

Croatian

Noun

rub

Extensive Definition

RUB may stand for
Rub may refer to:
  • the Kuliak languages of Uganda
  • Spice rub, consiting of spices blended together to season and flavor raw pork, beef, chicken, fish, and wild game before grilling
  • Rub or liniment, a medicated topical preparation for application to the skin
  • Massage
  • Rubbing, an art technique
  • Rub(date syrup), a kind of syrup extracted from dates used widely in Libya
rub in German: RUB
rub in Esperanto: RUB
rub in French: RUB
rub in Italian: RUB

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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