Definition of Rub

1. Noun. An unforeseen obstacle.

Exact synonyms: Hang-up, Hitch, Snag
Generic synonyms: Obstacle, Obstruction



2. Verb. Move over something with pressure. "They rub the cake with sugar"; "Rub oil into her skin"
Entails: Touch
Generic synonyms: Draw, Guide, Pass, Run
Specialized synonyms: Brush, Pumice, Gauge, Puree, Strain, Rosin, Sponge Down, Sponge Off, Worry, Scour, Scrub, Abrade, Scour, Blur, Smear, Smudge, Smutch, Grate, Scrape, Pass Over, Wipe, Grate
Also: Rub Down, Rub Down, Rub Off, Rub Out
Derivative terms: Rubbing

3. Noun. The act of rubbing or wiping. "He gave the hood a quick rub"
Exact synonyms: Wipe
Generic synonyms: Contact, Physical Contact
Specialized synonyms: Scuff
Derivative terms: Wipe

4. Verb. Cause friction. "My sweater scratches"
Exact synonyms: Chafe, Fray, Fret, Scratch
Generic synonyms: Adjoin, Contact, Meet, Touch
Derivative terms: Chafe, Rubbing, Scratch

5. Verb. Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching. "Don't scratch your insect bites!"
Exact synonyms: Itch, Scratch
Generic synonyms: Irritate
Derivative terms: Itch, Itch, Scratch, Scratcher

Definition of Rub

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost.

3. n. The act of rubbing; friction.

Definition of Rub

1. Initialism. Rich Urban Biker ¹

2. Noun. An act of rubbing. ¹

3. Noun. A difficulty or problem. ¹

4. Noun. In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course. ¹

5. Noun. A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued. ¹

6. Verb. To move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area. ¹

7. Verb. To rub something against. ¹

8. Verb. To rub against something. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rub

1. to move along the surface of a body with pressure [v RUBBED, RUBBING, RUBS]

Medical Definition of Rub

1. 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. "It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth." (Sir T. Elyot) 2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground. 3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body. "Two bones rubbed hard against one another." (Arbuthnot) 4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear. "The smoothed plank, . . . New rubbed with balm." (Milton) 5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up or over; as, to rub up silver. "The whole business of our redemption is to rub over the defaced copy of the creation." (South) 6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart. "'T is the duke's pleasure, Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Will not be rubbed nor stopped." (Shak) To rub down. To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a horse. 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. To burnish; to polish; to clean. To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action; as, to rub up the memory. Origin: Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. Rhwbiaw, gael. Rub. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rub

rozeted
rozeting
rozets
rozit
rozited
roziting
rozits
rozzer
rozzers
rpm
rrna operon
rsum
ruana
ruanas
ruarsite
rub (current term)
rub-a-dub
rub along
rub down
rub elbows with
rub in
rub it in
rub of the green
rub off
rub off on
rub out
rub salt in someone's wounds
rub salt in the wound
rub somebody the wrong way
rub up

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