[bras-ruhb-ing, brahs-]
  1. an antiquarian's technique for copying designs from incised brass memorial slabs and the like.
  2. a copy made by brass-rubbing.Compare rubbing(def 2).

Origin of brass-rubbing

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for brass rubbing

brass rubbing

  1. the taking of an impression of an engraved brass tablet or plaque by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing the paper with graphite, heelball, or chalk
  2. an impression made in this way
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