rubbed, past tense; rubbing, present participle; rubbed, past participle; rubs, 3rd person singular present;
Move one's hand or a cloth repeatedly to and fro on the surface of (something) with firm pressure
she rubbed her arm, where she had a large bruise
he rubbed at the dirt on his jeans
Move (one's hand, a cloth, or another object) over a surface in such a way
he rubbed a finger around the rim of his mug
Cause (two things) to move to and fro against each other with a certain amount of pressure and friction
many insects make noises by rubbing parts of their bodies together
Move to and fro over something while pressing or grinding against it
the ice breaks into small floes that rub against each other
(of shoes or other hard items in contact with the skin) Cause pain through friction
badly fitting shoes can rub painfully
Make dry, clean, or smooth with pressure from a hand, cloth, or other object
she found a towel and began rubbing her hair
she rubbed herself as dry as possible
Spread (ointment, polish, or a substance of similar consistency) over a surface with repeated movements of one's hand or a cloth
she took out her sunblock and rubbed some on her nose
Work an ingredient into (a mixture) by breaking and blending it with firm movements of one's fingers
sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the fat
Reproduce the design of (a gravestone, memorial tablet, etc.) by laying paper on it and rubbing the paper with charcoal, colored chalk, etc
(of a bowl) Be slowed or diverted by the unevenness of the ground
An act of rubbing
she pulled out a towel and gave her head a quick rub
An ointment designed to be rubbed on the skin to ease pain
a muscle rub
A difficulty, esp. one of central importance in a situation
that was the rub—she had not cared enough
An inequality of the ground impeding or diverting a bowl; the diversion or hindering of a bowl by this
hang-up: an unforeseen obstacle
move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
the act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub"
scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!"
(rubbing) friction: the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references, and jargon. Much of it stems from the industry's origins in the days of carnivals and circuses, and the slang itself is often referred to as "carny talk. ...
Rub (Arabic: رُب) is a thick dark brown, very sweet syrup extracted from dates or carob. It is used widely in Libya, usually with Asida as well as many other Middle Eastern countries.
The Rub were a band formed in 1999 by ex-Stone Roses drummer Alan "Reni" Wren. The band's line up was Reni as lead singer & lead guitar, Casey Longden from Manchester on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Neil Nisbet (also from Manchester) on bass and backing vocals with Mik Grant (from Greenock, ...
A rubbing is a reproduction of the texture of a surface created by placing a piece of paper or similar material over the subject and then rubbing the paper with something to deposit marks, most commonly charcoal or pencil, but also various forms of blotted and rolled ink, chalk, wax, and many ...
An act of rubbing; A difficulty or problem; In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course; To move one object while maintaining contact with another object over some area; To rub something against; To rub against something
(rubbing) An impression of an embossed or incised surface made by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing with graphite, crayon or other coloring agent
(Rubbed) Where color has been worn from portions of the binding or dust jacket.
(Rubbed) The wear or damage to edges of a book or jacket associated with rubbing
(Rubbed) This term, as used in "rubbed sage," refers to a process by which leaves are literally rubbed — by hand or by machine — through a screen until broken into small pieces. This releases the herb's essential oils and heightens its flavor and aroma qualities when used in cooking. ...
(Rubbed) Worn spots on bindings or dust jackets that show color loss, usually caused by excessive shelf wear.
(rubbed) In the context of a dustjacket, it means that patches of ink have been rubbed away revealing the colour of the paper beneath (usually white). If used of the boards, it generally means slightly (not heavily) frayed at the corners or edges.
(Rubbing) A condition where a tire rubs against the wheel-well or the exhaust system.
(Rubbing) The barest trace of wear on the high points of a coin. just a step above "Friction" on the scale of adjectives used to describe degrees of wear. Usually, a coin with rubbing has virtually full mint lustre intact. ...
(RUBBING) A method of taking an impression from a relief block with a leather rubber or a burnisher used manually on the verso-of the paper. Rubbing in lithography. 1. Rubbing ink is a soft ink applied directly to the stone with the fingertip when drawing the design. 2. ...
(Rubbing) Careless handling when the papers were new can cause light wear at a fold, called rubbing. It occurred when the papers were folded and carried home by the original owner or sent through the mail unwrapped. ...
(Rubbing) Racing announcers use this describe cars that make contact but don't crash. Also called pushing and shoving.
(Rubbing) Record of how a book or journal is bound and lettered used for future matching purposes
(Rubbing) The gloss from the cover of a paperback or a hardcover’s dustjacket has been rubbed dull, usually from contact with another book.
(Rubbing) The unintentional transfer of ink from one sheet to another, this transfer is more common with uncoated or matt coated paper.