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Definition of "rub" []

  • To apply pressure and friction to (a surface). (verb-transitive)
  • To clean, polish, or manipulate by the application of pressure and friction. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply to a surface firmly and with friction: rub lotion on the hands; rub dye into the fabric. (verb-transitive)
  • To move (an object or objects) firmly along a surface, especially repeatedly: rub an eraser over the blackboard; rubbed my fingers over the sore spot. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to become worn, chafed, or irritated. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rub" in a sentence
  • "The only disagreeable part of the process was when we came to rub noses with Mahine, and Peterkin afterwards said that when he saw his wolfish eyes glaring so close to his face, he felt much more inclined to _bang_ than to _rub_ his nose."
  • "The only disagreeable part of the process was when we came to rub noses with Mahine; and Peterkin afterwards said that when he saw his wolfish eyes glaring so close to his face, he felt much more inclined to _bang_ than to _rub_ his nose."
  • "II. iii.128 (180, l) [rub your chain with crums] I suppose it should be read, _rub your_ chin _with crums_, alluding to what had been said before that."