- a person or thing that rubs, as in polishing, scraping, massaging, etc.
Origin of rubberfrom origin, originally use as an eraser an elastic substance produced by coagulating and drying the milky sap (latex) of various tropical plants, esp. a tree (Hevea brasiliensis) of the spurge family: now most often produced synthetically or by chemically altering latex to obtain desired characteristics for use in making automobile tires, electrical insulation, molded objects and parts, etc.: in pure form rubber is a white, unsaturated hydrocarbon, having the formula (CH)
- something made of this substance; specif.,
- Chiefly Brit. an eraser
- a low-cut overshoe of rubber
- Slang a condom
- Baseball an oblong rubber slab set in the pitcher's mound: the pitcher's foot must touch the rubber as each pitch is thrown
Latex gloves are made of rubber and are used in the medical industry.
- The definition of a rubber is someone who massages something, or slang for a condom.
- An example of a rubber is a massuese.
- An example of a rubber is a Trojan brand condom.
- Rubber is a material made from the sap of a tree to create tires, molds and other materials.
An example of rubber is the original material used for car tires.
Origin of rubberfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A yellowish, amorphous, elastic material, composed almost entirely of an isoprene polymer, obtained from the milky sap or latex of various tropical plants, especially the rubber tree, and vulcanized, pigmented, finished, and modified into products such as electric insulation, elastic bands and belts, tires, and containers. Also called caoutchouc . Also called India rubber .
- Any of numerous synthetic elastic materials of varying chemical composition with properties similar to those of natural rubber; an elastomer.
- A low overshoe made of rubber.
- Baseball The rectangular piece of hard rubber that the pitcher must remain in contact with when making a pitch.
- Something made of rubber, as:a. An eraser.b. A tire.c. A set of tires on a vehicle.
- Slang A condom.
- One that rubs, especially one that gives a massage.
Origin of rubberFrom rub
- A series of games of which two out of three or three out of five must be won to terminate the play.
- An odd game played to break a tie.
Origin of rubberOrigin unknown
(usually uncountable, plural rubbers)
- (uncountable) Pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene.
- (uncountable, countable) Synthetic materials with the same properties as natural rubber.
- (countable, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Pakistan) An eraser.
- (countable, North America, slang) A condom.
- (slang, of a draft/check) Not covered by funds on account.
- (countable) Someone or something which rubs.
- (countable, baseball) The rectangular pad on the pitcher's mound from which the pitcher must pitch.
- Jones toes the rubber and then fires to the plate.
- (North America, in the plural) Water resistant shoe covers, galoshes, overshoes.
- Johnny, don't forget your rubbers today.
- (uncountable, slang) Tires, particularly racing tires.
- Jones enters the pits to get new rubber.
- (countable) A series of games or contests, especially a match consisting of the best of a series of three games in bridge or whist.
In the sense of an eraser, rub +"Ž -er; in the sense of pliable material, derived from the previous sense of eraser; the other senses derived from the pliable material sense.
- (sports) A series of an odd number of games or matches of which a majority must be won (thus precluding a tie).
- (sports) A game or match played to break a tie.
- The game of rubber bridge.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Red-Headed League
- "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I have not had my rubber." "I think you will find that you will play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and that the play will be more exciting."
- They had the consistency of rubber mats.
- Modern Plymouth has varied and important manufactures comprising cordage, woollens, rubber goods, &c. In 1905 the total value of the factory products was $11,115,713, the worsted goods and cordage constituting about nine-tenths of the whole product.
- Great developments have been made of recent years in the cultivation of rubber in British Malaya.
- Inside the dairy she shucked her coat and rubber boots, slipping into a pair of western boots she always kept in the barn.
- (1882); On the Laticiferous Tissue of Man-rhot Glazsovii (the Ceark Rubber), Quart.