v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Rubbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Rubbing.]
2.To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground.
3.To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.
4.To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
The smoothed plank, . . .
New rubbed with balm.
- Milton.
5.To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; - often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.
6.To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
To rub down
a - To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a horse
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 stain.
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.
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
to go on with difficulty; as, they manage, with strict economy, to rub along.
n.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.
- Shak.
3.Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness.
4.Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub.
5.Imperfection; failing; fault.
6.A chance.
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.
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.
Noun1.Rubrub - an unforeseen obstacle
Synonyms: hang-up, hitch, snag
2.rub - the act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub"
Synonyms: wipe
Verb1.rub - move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
2.rub - cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
Synonyms: scratch, fray, chafe, fret
3.rub - scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!"
Synonyms: itch, scratch
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