American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of polishing, cleaning, or drying.
- n. A representation of a raised or indented surface made by placing paper over the surface and rubbing the paper gently with a marking agent such as charcoal or chalk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An application of friction by any means; a frictional movement, as of the hand over the surface of the body for remedial purposes.
- n. A copy of an inscribed, engraved, or sculptured surface procured by rubbing superimposed paper with something, as heel-ball or plumbago, that reproduces the outlines and saliences on its exposed side. Compare squeeze, n.
- n. In needle-making, a process for straightening wire, in which the wires are heated and rolled back and forth on a smooth surface under the pressure of a curved tool.
- n. An impression of an embossed or incised surface made by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing with graphite, crayon or other coloring agent.
- v. present participle of rub.
GNU Webster's 1913
- a. & n. from rub, v.
- n. effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
- n. the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
- n. representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
“Paul DeSimone, make a name rubbing from the stainless steel bench that honors her deceased father.”
“Then it leaves from that department and goes into what you call rubbing and packing.”
“His sons had different jobs, around in the paint room, I think, I believe that's where, what they called rubbing filler in.”
“The tick can be killed by soaking in rubbing alcohol or flushing down the toilet (it should not be crushed or squeezed).”
“It appears the "buck" wasn't interested in rubbing them.”
“On your dog if they've been on there a longer time simply use a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and then leave it on them until they come undone and dispose via toilet or any other way you feel these bloodsuckers deserve to die.”
“May 19, 2009 at 12: 14 AM submerging it in rubbing alcohol does the job as well. it forces out the water and when you take it out, the alcohol evaporates so fast that its dry in seconds.”
“Patrick Anderson sums it up well: Highsmith delights in rubbing our noses in the horrors that lie beneath the veneer of civilization, beneath the fragile mask of sanity.”
“Take a cotton swab and dip it in rubbing alcohol, then brush each of the rollers until all the junk is removed.”
“In the past I have been forced to wear old granny bras a size or two, too small which results in rubbing under my breasts causing sores that can sometimes bleed and it results in deep red, raw grooves in the top of my shoulders.”
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