Nub vs. Rub

Nub vs. Rub — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Nub and Rub

Nubnoun

A protuberance or knob.

Rubverb

To apply pressure and friction to (a surface).

Nubnoun

A small lump.

Rubverb

To clean, polish, or manipulate by the application of pressure and friction.

Nubnoun

The essence; the core

the nub of a story.

Rubverb

To apply to a surface firmly and with friction

rub lotion on the hands.rub dye into the fabric.

Nubnoun

a small lump or protuberance

Rubverb

To move (an object or objects) firmly along a surface, especially repeatedly

rub an eraser over the blackboard.rubbed my fingers over the sore spot.

Nubnoun

a small piece;

a nub of coala stub of a pencil

Rubverb

To cause to become worn, chafed, or irritated.

Nubnoun

the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;

the gist of the prosecutor's argumentthe heart and soul of the Republican Partythe nub of the story

Rubverb

To remove, erase, or expunge

rub away a stain.rubbed the sleep from my eyes.

Rubverb

To exert pressure or friction on something.

Rubverb

To wear or chafe with friction

My shoes were beginning to rub.

Rubverb

To cause irritation or annoyance.

Rubverb

To move along in contact with a surface; graze or scrape.

Rubverb

To be transferred or removed by contact or proximity

newsprint that rubbed off on my fingers.wished some of her luck would rub off on me.

Rubnoun

The act of rubbing.

Rubnoun

The application of friction and pressure

a back rub.

Rubnoun

A liniment or balm.

Rubnoun

A seasoning made of ground spices and herbs, applied to the surface of meat, fish, or vegetables before cooking.

Rubnoun

An unevenness on a surface.

Rubnoun

An act or remark that annoys or hurts another.

Rubnoun

A difficulty or obstacle

"The rub for extraterrestrial life on Europa is that the moon's surface is an icy wasteland" (William J. Broad).

Rubnoun

An act of rubbing.

Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out

Rubnoun

A difficulty or problem.

Rubnoun

In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.

Rubnoun

Any substance designed to be applied by rubbing.

a heat rub intended for muscular strains

Rubnoun

A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.

Rubverb

(transitive) To move (one object) while maintaining contact with another object over some area, with pressure and friction.

I rubbed the cloth over the glass.The cat rubbed itself against my leg.I rubbed my hands together for warmth.

Rubverb

(transitive) To rub something against (a second thing).

I rubbed the glass with the cloth.

Rubverb

(intransitive) To be rubbed against something.

My shoes are beginning to rub.

Rubverb

(transitive) To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.

meat rubbed with spices before barbecuing

Rubverb

(dated) To move or pass with difficulty.

to rub through woods, as huntsmen

Rubverb

To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up or over.

to rub up silver

Rubverb

To hinder; to cross; to thwart.

Rubnoun

an unforeseen obstacle

Rubnoun

the act of rubbing or wiping;

he gave the hood a quick rub

Rubverb

move over something with pressure;

rub my handsrub oil into her skin

Rubverb

cause friction;

my sweater scratches

Rubverb

scrape or rub as if to relieve itching;

Don't scratch your insect bites!