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RUB (rubbed, rubbing)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rub mean? 

RUB (noun)
  The noun RUB has 2 senses:

1. an unforeseen obstacle
2. the act of rubbing or wiping

  Familiarity information: RUB used as a noun is rare.


RUB (verb)
  The verb RUB has 3 senses:

1. move over something with pressure
2. cause friction
3. scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

  Familiarity information: RUB used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RUB (noun)


Sense 1rub [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unforeseen obstacle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

rub; hang-up; hitch; snag

Hypernyms ("rub" is a kind of...):

obstacle; obstruction (something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted)


Sense 2rub [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of rubbing or wiping

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

wipe; rub

Context example:

he gave the hood a quick rub

Hypernyms ("rub" is a kind of...):

contact; physical contact (the act of touching physically)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rub"):

scuff (the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet))


RUB (verb)


Sense 1rub [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move over something with pressure

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

rub my hands / rub oil into her skin

Hypernyms (to "rub" is one way to...):

draw; guide; pass; run (guide or pass over something)

"Rub" entails doing...:

touch (make physical contact with, come in contact with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rub"):

pass over; wipe (rub with a circular motion)

grate; scrape (scratch repeatedly)

blur; smear; smudge; smutch (make a smudge on; soil by smudging)

abrade; scour (rub hard or scrub)

scour; scrub (clean with hard rubbing)

worry (touch or rub constantly)

sponge down; sponge off (clean with a sponge, by rubbing)

rosin (rub rosin onto)

puree; strain (rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender)

gauge (rub to a uniform size)

pumice (rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen)

brush (rub with a brush, or as if with a brush)

grate (reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence examples:

They rub sugar over the cake
They rub the cake with sugar

Also:

rub down (manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes)

rub down; rub off (wear away)

rub out (remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing)


Sense 2rub [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause friction

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

scratch; fray; rub; chafe; fret

Context example:

my sweater scratches

Hypernyms (to "rub" is one way to...):

adjoin; contact; meet; touch (be in direct physical contact with; make contact)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3rub [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

itch; rub; scratch

Context example:

Don't scratch your insect bites!

Hypernyms (to "rub" is one way to...):

irritate (excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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