Rub meaning

rŭb
A difficulty or obstacle.
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To move (an object or objects) firmly along a surface, especially repeatedly.

Rub an eraser over the blackboard; rubbed my fingers over the sore spot.

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To cause to become worn, chafed, or irritated.
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To remove, erase, or expunge.

Rub away a stain; rubbed the sleep from my eyes.

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To move along in contact with a surface; graze or scrape.
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To be transferred or removed by contact or proximity.

Newsprint that rubbed off on my fingers; wished some of her luck would rub off on me.

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The act of rubbing.
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The application of friction and pressure.

A back rub.

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A substance or preparation applied by rubbing, especially:
  • A liniment or balm.
  • A seasoning made of ground spices and herbs, applied to the surface of meat, fish, or vegetables before cooking.
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An unevenness on a surface.
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An act or remark that annoys or hurts another.
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To move one's hand, a cloth, etc. over (a surface or object) with pressure and friction, in a circular or back-and-forth motion.
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To move (one's hand, a cloth, etc.) over, or spread or apply (polish, etc.) on or over, a surface or object in this way.
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To move (a thing) against something else, or move (things) over each other with pressure and friction.
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To apply pressure and friction to, for cleaning, polishing, smoothing, etc.
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To put into a specified condition by applying pressure and friction.

To rub oneself dry.

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To make sore or chafed by rubbing.
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To force, cause to go, etc. (in, into, etc.) by rubbing.
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To remove by rubbing (out, off, away, etc.)
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To move with pressure and friction (on, against, etc.)

The tire rubbing against the fender.

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To rub something; exert pressure and friction on something.
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To admit of being rubbed or removed by rubbing.
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To arouse anger or irritation.
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Figuratively, to be imparted, as through contact or influence.

Let's see if her teacher's manners will rub off.

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The act or an instance of rubbing; specif., a massage.
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An obstacle, hindrance, or difficulty.
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A place or spot that has been rubbed until rough or sore.
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Something that irritates, annoys, offends, etc., as a jeer or rebuke.
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A mixture of herbs and spices, a liquid ingredient such as oil, etc. applied by spreading on meat or fish prior to grilling, barbecuing, etc.
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Rub is defined as to use your hand to apply pressure and friction in a circular motion, or to move one thing against another.

An example of to rub is getting a back massage.

An example of to rub is to have two things move against each other with pressure, such as a horse and a saddle.

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To apply pressure and friction to (a surface).
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To clean, polish, or manipulate by the application of pressure and friction.
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To apply to a surface firmly and with friction.

Rub lotion on the hands; rub dye into the fabric.

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rub elbows
  • To mix or socialize closely:.
    Diplomats rubbing elbows with heads of state.
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rub (one's) hands
  • To experience or display pleased anticipation, self-satisfaction, or glee.
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rub (someone's) nose in
  • To bring repeatedly and forcefully to another's attention.
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rub (someone) the wrong way
  • To annoy; irritate:.
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rub up on
  • To refresh one's knowledge of:.
    I have to rub up on my French.
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rub along
  • To manage or keep going in spite of difficulties.
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rub down
  • To massage.
  • To smooth, polish, wear down, etc. by rubbing.
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rub elbows with
  • To associate or mingle with (famous or prominent people, etc.).
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rub it in
  • To keep on mentioning to someone his or her failure or mistake, often with some malice.
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rub off on
  • To be left on (something or someone) as a mark, as by rubbing or, figuratively, by personal contact or influence.
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rub out
  • To erase or be erased by rubbing.
  • To kill or murder.
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rub the wrong way
  • To be annoying, irritating, etc. to.
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Origin of rub

  • Middle English rubben

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition