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rubbing

[ ruhb-ing ]
/ ˈrʌb ɪŋ /
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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.

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Origin of rubbing

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