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.
Compare brass-rubbing.

Origin of rubbing

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

Definition for rubbing (2 of 2)

Origin of rub

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

Related forms

un·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rubbing (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for rubbing (2 of 2)

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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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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