verb (used without object)
- rubaiyat stanza,
- rubarth's disease,
- rubber band,
- rubber bridge,
- rubber cement,
- rubber check,
- rubber cheque
Origin of rubber1
Origin of rubber2
Examples from the Web for rubber
He spent three days in a rubber room wearing a plastic smock before returning.
With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies|Ina Garten|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Soon his coffers were overflowing with revenue from rubber, palm oil, and ivory.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The comet is basically shaped like a rubber ducky, but with a much rougher surface.
Yeah, and I remember being sort of shocked that I was going to be the one to be under all of that rubber.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In it the sexton kept a scythe, a mowing machine, some cans and a bier, a four-wheeled vehicle with rubber tyres.The Smuggler's Cave|George A. Birmingham
M. Talleyrand was enjoying his rubber, when the conversation turned on the recent union of an elderly lady of respectable rank.
We went home first for rubber coats, and then set off down the road to the ocean side of the Cape.Pilgrim Trails|Frances Lester Warner
The speaking-tube used was of woven material, not of rubber, and a pad of felt was kept in the tube near the diaphragm box.
A perforated rubber stopper, fitted with a glass tube on which is slipped a rubber syringe bulb, completes the apparatus.
Word Origin for rubber
- a match of three games
- the deal that wins such a match
Word Origin for rubber
"thing that rubs" (a brush, cloth, etc.), 1530s, agent noun from rub (v.). The meaning "elastic substance from tropical plants" (short for India rubber) first recorded 1788, introduced to Europe 1744 by Charles Marie de la Condamine, so called because it originally was used as an eraser.
Very useful for erasing the strokes of black lead pencils, and is popularly called rubber, and lead-eater. [entry for Caoutchouc in Howard, "New Royal Encyclopedia," 1788]
Meaning "overshoe made of rubber" is 1842, American English; slang sense of "condom" is by 1930s. Sense of "deciding match" in a game or contest is 1590s, of unknown signification, and perhaps an entirely separate word. Rubber stamp (n.) is from 1881; figurative sense of "institution whose power is formal but not real" is from 1919; the verb in this sense is from 1934. Rubber cement is attested from 1856 (from 1823 as India-rubber cement). Rubber check (one that "bounces") is from 1927.