Definition of Rubber

1. Noun. An elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products.

Exact synonyms: Caoutchouc, Gum Elastic, India Rubber, Natural Rubber
Specialized synonyms: Foam Rubber, Crepe Rubber, Cold Rubber, Ebonite, Hard Rubber, Vulcanite, Para Rubber
Generic synonyms: Latex
Derivative terms: Rubberize, Rubbery

2. Verb. Coat or impregnate with rubber. "Rubberize fabric for rain coats"
Exact synonyms: Rubberise, Rubberize
Generic synonyms: Coat, Surface

3. Adjective. Returned for lack of funds. "A no-good check"
Exact synonyms: No-good
Category relationships: Banking
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Bad

4. Noun. Any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties resemble natural rubber.
Exact synonyms: Synthetic Rubber
Generic synonyms: Synthetic, Synthetic Substance
Specialized synonyms: Silicone Rubber, Neoprene, Buna, Buna Rubber, Butyl Rubber

5. Noun. An eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber); commonly mounted at one end of a pencil.
Exact synonyms: Pencil Eraser, Rubber Eraser
Generic synonyms: Eraser
Group relationships: Pencil

6. Noun. Contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse.

7. Noun. A waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow.
Exact synonyms: Arctic, Galosh, Golosh, Gumshoe
Generic synonyms: Overshoe

Definition of Rubber

1. n. One who, or that which, rubs.

Definition of Rubber

1. Noun. Pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene. ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable countable) Synthetic materials with the same properties as natural rubber. ¹

3. Noun. (countable UK Australia Canada New Zealand) An eraser. ¹

4. Noun. (context: countable North America slang) A condom. ¹

5. Noun. (slang of a draft (gloss check)) Not covered by funds on account. ¹

6. Noun. Someone or something which rubs. ¹

7. Noun. (countable baseball) The rectangular pad on the pitcher's mound from which the pitcher must pitch. ¹

8. Noun. (North America plural) Water resistant shoe covers, galoshes, overshoes. ¹

9. Noun. (uncountable slang) Tires, particularly racing tires. ¹

10. Noun. A series of games or contests, especially a match consisting of the best of a series of three games in bridge or whist. ¹

11. Noun. (sports) A series of an odd number of games or matches of which a majority must be won (thus precluding a tie). ¹

12. Noun. (sports) A game or match played to break a tie. ¹

13. Noun. The game of rubber bridge. ¹

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Definition of Rubber

1. to stretch one's neck in looking at something [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Rubber

1. 1. One who, or that which, rubs. Specifically: An instrument or thing used in rubbing, polishing, or cleaning. A coarse file, or the rough part of a file. A whetstone; a rubstone. An eraser, usually made of caoutchouc. The cushion of an electrical machine. One who performs massage, especially in a Turkish bath. Something that chafes or annoys; hence, something that grates on the feelings; a sarcasm; a rub. 2. In some games, as whist, the odd game, as the third or the fifth, when there is a tie between the players; as, to play the rubber; also, a contest determined by the winning of two out of three games; as, to play a rubber of whist. "A rubber of cribbage." 3. India rubber; caoutchouc. 4. An overshoe made of India rubber. Antimony rubber, an elastic durable variety of vulcanised caoutchouc of a red colour. It contains antimony sulphide as an important constituent. Hard rubber, a kind of vulcanised caoutchouc which nearly resembles horn in texture, rigidity, etc. India rubber, caoutchouc. See Caoutchouc. Rubber cloth, cloth covered with caoutchouc for excluding water or moisture. Rubber dam, a shield of thin sheet rubber clasped around a tooth to exclude saliva from the tooth. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rubber

rubbed out
rubber (current term)
rubber-base paint
rubber-bulb syringe
rubber-chicken dinner
rubber baby buggy bumper
rubber band
rubber band airplane
rubber band airplanes
rubber bands
rubber boa
rubber boot
rubber bridge
rubber bullet
rubber cement

Literary usage of Rubber

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1915)
"A porous or spongy rubber article is made by coagulating rubber latex while in a ... A mixture for coating and preserving rubber is formed of cacao butter ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Honduras rubber is good, but some of that from Guatemala is inferior. ... More than 100 different trees are known to give rubber-making juices in commercial ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Honduras rubber is good, but some of that from Guatemala is inferior. ... More than 100 different trees are known to give rubber-making juices in commercial ..."

4. Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin by Public Affairs Information Service (1920)
"rubber assn. of Am. Importations of crude rubber tariffs of Asia, Oceania, ... tables '20 62 Vanderbilt av, NT rubber trade In Japan, il India rubber World ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Notwithstanding even these widespread enterprises in cultivated rubber, rhe fact remains that the most remarkable rubber producing region of the world lies ..."

6. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1916)
"A rambling discussion of the manuf. and uses of reclaimed rubber. W. grants that American re- claimed rubber is in general superior to the European product, ..."

7. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"The essential constituent of rubber is a hydrocarbon (caoutchouc). ... Harries' work on the ozonides of rubber shows the hydrocarbon to be an unsaturated ..."

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