from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To draw out and twist (a strand of silk or other textile fiber) in preparation for spinning.
  • n. A soft thick nub in yarn that is either an imperfection or purposely set for a desired effect.
  • n. A slightly twisted roll of fiber, as of silk or cotton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small thickened portion or knot found on linen yarn, caused by defects.
  • n. Sludge.
  • n. Fabric fiber produced by slubbing.
  • v. To draw and twist fibers in order to prepare them for spinning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A roll of wool slightly twisted; a rove; -- called also slubbing.
  • transitive v. To draw out and twist slightly; -- said of slivers of wool.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To twist slightly after carding, so as to prepare for spinning: said of woolen yarn.
  • n. Loose mud; mire.
  • n. Wool slightly twisted preparatory to spinning, usually that which has been carded.
  • n. A lump or thick piece of cotton which becomes attached to or twisted into the yarn during the process of spinning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.


  • What the hell does this fat slub know who is weaker or stronger.

    Limbaugh comes out for Obama

  • Which one would look better paired with my cotton slub?

    Regretsy – Gag Gift

  • A speech-impeded or misunderstood/misspelled besmirchment of character “Yo mama, she a slub.”

    Regretsy – I Don’t

  • Remind me never to buy a wedding dress where the description includes the terms “slub” and “raw dege”.

    Regretsy – I Don’t

  • Im glad its different from ‘cotton slub’, no one wants cotton slub on their wedding dress…

    Regretsy – I Don’t

  • All were covered or upholstered in blue slub-satin that she suspected was raw silk; a deeper blue carpet covered the floor, and the walls were papered in blue and white stripes.

    red dust

  • Dave Griffiths, another huge inspiration, officially joined slub for a gig at Sonar.

    December « 2009 « Alex McLean

  • Tom Armitage wrote a nicewired article interviewing us slub about live coding.

    October « 2009 « Alex McLean

  • This morning I assembled the two newly-sewn shirts, and two “slub tees” from Target that I thought would be perfect for this.

    Polka Dot Cottage » (Mis)adventures in tub-dying » Print

  • Dave & Alex are both members of the Openlab free software artists collective and the TOPLAP organisation for live algorithm promotion. ; ; ; ;

    June « 2008 « Alex McLean


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  • Opinions differ on the slub.
    Descriptivists see a useful nub.
    Prescriptivists claim
    The thing is a shame,
    A lump in the line is a flub!

    August 10, 2014

  • 'He felt the textural variation of slubs of chewing gum compressed by decades of traffic' - from Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

    February 5, 2008