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RUBBING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rubbing mean? 

RUBBING (noun)
  The noun RUBBING has 3 senses:

1. the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
2. representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
3. effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

  Familiarity information: RUBBING used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RUBBING (noun)


Sense 1rubbing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

rubbing; friction

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

resistance (any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion)

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

abrasion; attrition; detrition; grinding (the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice)

adhesive friction; grip; traction (the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road))


Sense 2rubbing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

representation (a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something)


Sense 3rubbing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

detrition; friction; rubbing

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

effort; elbow grease; exertion; sweat; travail (use of physical or mental energy; hard work)

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

attrition (the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction)


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