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  1. the central part of a wheel, as that part into which the spokes are inserted.

  2. the central part or axle end from which blades or spokelike parts radiate on various devices, as on a fan or propeller.

  1. a center around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, authority, commerce, transportation, etc.: Chicago is a railroad hub.

  2. the Hub, Boston, Massachusetts (used as a nickname).

  3. the peg or hob used as a target in quoits and similar games.

  4. any one of the holes in an electrical panel, into which connections may be plugged.

  5. Computers. a device connecting others in a network and enabling communication among them by receiving data packets from any of the devices and broadcasting them to every device on the network irrespective of the intended destination: used primarily in small local area networks.: Compare switch (def. 6a).

  6. Coining. a design of hardened steel in relief, used as a punch in making a die.

  7. Surveying. a stake bearing a tack used to mark a theodolite position.

  8. Metalworking. a die forced into a metal blank.

verb (used with object),hubbed, hub·bing.
  1. Metalworking. to stamp (a metal blank) with a hub.

Origin of hub

First recorded in 1505–15; perhaps variant of hob1

Other words for hub

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British Dictionary definitions for hub


/ (hʌb) /

  1. the central portion of a wheel, propeller, fan, etc, through which the axle passes

  2. the focal point

  1. computing a device for connecting computers in a network

Origin of hub

C17: probably variant of hob 1

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