rubbing

[ ruhb-ing ]
/ ˈrʌb ɪŋ /

noun

an act or action of a person or thing that rubs.
an impression of an incised or sculptured surface made by laying paper over it and rubbing with heelball, graphite, or a similar substance until the image appears.

Nearby words

  1. rubberneck,
  2. rubbers,
  3. rubbery,
  4. rubbia,
  5. rubbia, carlo,
  6. rubbing alcohol,
  7. rubbish,
  8. rubbish bin,
  9. rubbishy,
  10. rubbity

Compare brass-rubbing.

Origin of rubbing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at rub, -ing1

Origin of rub

1300–50; 1860–65 for def 18b; Middle English rubben (v.); cognate with Frisian rubben, Danish rubbe, Swedish rubba

Related formsun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rubbing

rubbing

/ (ˈrʌbɪŋ) /

noun

an impression taken of an incised or raised surface, such as a brass plate on a tomb, by laying paper over it and rubbing with wax, graphite, etc

rub

/ (rʌb) /

verb rubs, rubbing or rubbed

noun


Word Origin for rub

C15: perhaps from Low German rubben, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for rubbing
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Medicine definitions for rubbing

rub

[ rŭb ]

n.

The application of friction and pressure.
Such a procedure applied to the body.

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Idioms and Phrases with rubbing

rub

In addition to the idioms beginning with rub

  • rub down
  • rub elbows with
  • rub in
  • rub off on
  • rub one's hands
  • rub out
  • rub someone's nose in it
  • rub the wrong way
  • rub up on

also see:

  • the rub
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