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nub

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[ nuhb ]
/ nʌb /
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noun

the point, gist, or heart of something.
a knob or protuberance.
a lump or small piece: a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.

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Origin of nub

1585–95; <Low German, Middle Low German knubbe;cf. knob

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British Dictionary definitions for nub

nub
/ (nʌb) /

noun

a small lump or protuberance
a small piece or chunk
the point or gistthe nub of a story
a small fibrous knot in yarn

Derived forms of nub

nubbly, adjective

Word Origin for nub

C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbe knob
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