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Definition of RUB

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Rub \Rub\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rubbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rubbing}.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth. --Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster]

     2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground. [1913 Webster]

     3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body. [1913 Webster]

              Two bones rubbed hard against one another.
                                                    --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

     4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear. [1913 Webster]

              The smoothed plank, . . .
              New rubbed with balm.                 --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse;
        -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver. [1913 Webster]

              The whole business of our redemption is to rub over the defaced copy of the creation.     --South. [1913 Webster]

     6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart. [R.]
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              'T is the duke's pleasure,
              Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Will not be rubbed nor stopped.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {To rub down}.
        (a) To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a horse. (b) To reduce or remove by rubbing; as, to rub down the rough points.

     {To rub off}, to clean anything by rubbing; to separate by friction; as, to rub off rust.

     {To rub out}, to remove or separate by friction; to erase; to obliterate; as, to rub out a mark or letter; to rub out a stain.

     {To rub up}.
        (a) To burnish; to polish; to clean.
        (b) To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action; as, to rub up the memory. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Rub \Rub\, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,]
     1. The act of rubbing; friction.
        [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Every rub is smoothed on our way.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              To sleep, perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Upon this rub, the English ambassadors thought fit to demur.                             --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

              One knows not, certainly, what other rubs might have been ordained for us by a wise Providence. --W. Besant. [1913 Webster]

     3. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub. [1913 Webster]

     5. Imperfection; failing; fault. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     6. A chance. [Obs.]
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              Flight shall leave no Greek a rub.    --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

     7. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also {rubstone}. [1913 Webster]

     {Rub iron}, an iron guard on a wagon body, against which a wheel rubs when cramped too much.

     {Rub of the green} (Golf), anything happening to a ball in motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie. [1913 Webster + Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Rub \Rub\, v. i.
     1. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost. [1913 Webster]

     2. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore.
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     3. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world. [1913 Webster]

     {To rub along} or {on}, to go on with difficulty; as, they manage, with strict economy, to rub along. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

315 Moby Thesaurus words for "rub":
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