Definitions for: Rub

[n] the act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub"
[n] an unforeseen obstacle
[v] move over something with pressure; "rub my back"; "rub oil into her skin"
[v] cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
[v] scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rub, n.

Rub of the green (Golf), anything happening to a ball in
motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any
agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie. Rubaiyat

Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rubbed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rubbing.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael.
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.

2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and
friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the

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.

4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.

The smoothed plank, . . . New rubbed with balm.

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. [R.]

'T is the duke's pleasure, Whose disposition, all
the world well knows, Will not be rubbed nor
stopped. --Shak.

To rub down.
(a) To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a
(b) 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

To rub up.
(a) To burnish; to polish; to clean.
(b) To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action; as, to rub
up the memory.

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

2. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore.

3. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods,
as huntsmen; to rub through the world.

To rub along or on, to go on with difficulty; as, they
manage, with strict economy, to rub along. [Colloq.]

Rub, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,]
1. The act of rubbing; friction.

2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct
motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment;
especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome;
a pinch.

Every rub is smoothed on our way. --Shak.

To sleep, perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub.

Upon this rub, the English ambassadors thought fit
to demur. --Hayward.

One knows not, certainly, what other rubs might have
been ordained for us by a wise Providence. --W.

3. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of
bowls; unevenness. --Shak.

4. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a
hard rub.

5. Imperfection; failing; fault. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

6. A chance. [Obs.]

Flight shall leave no Greek a rub. --Chapman.

7. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a
whetstone; -- called also rubstone.

Rub iron, an iron guard on a wagon body, against which a
wheel rubs when cramped too much.

Synonyms: chafe, fray, fret, hang-up, hitch, itch, scratch, scratch, snag, wipe

See Also: abrade, abrase, adjoin, blur, brush, contact, contact, corrade, draw, efface, erase, grate, guide, irritate, knead, massage, meet, obstacle, obstruction, pass, pass over, puree, rosin, rub down, rub off, rub out, rubdown, run, score out, scour, scrape, scrub, scuff, smear, smudge, smutch, sponge down, sponge off, strain, touch, wipe, wipe off, worry

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