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Definition 1: the act of rubbing or wiping - [noun denoting act]

Samples where rub or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave the hood a quick rub

Synonyms for rub in the sense of this definition

(rub is a kind of ...) the act of touching physically

"her fingers came in contact with the light switch"

(... is a kind of rub ) the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)

Definition 2: an unforeseen obstacle - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for rub in the sense of this definition

(rub is a kind of ...) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement" "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education" "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

Definition 3: move over something with pressure - [verb of contact]

Samples where rub or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rub my hands
  • rub oil into her skin

(rub is a kind of ...) pass over, across, or through

"He ran his eyes over her body" "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine" "He drew her hair through his fingers"

(... is a kind of rub ) reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface

"grate carrots and onions" "grate nutmeg"

(... is a kind of rub ) rub with a circular motion

"wipe the blackboard" "He passed his hands over the soft cloth"

(... is a kind of rub ) scratch repeatedly

"The cat scraped at the armchair"

(... is a kind of rub ) make a smudge on; soil by smudging

(... is a kind of rub ) rub hard or scrub

"scour the counter tops"

(... is a kind of rub ) clean with hard rubbing

"She scrubbed his back"

(... is a kind of rub ) touch or rub constantly

"The old man worried his beads"

(... is a kind of rub ) clean with a sponge, by rubbing

(... is a kind of rub ) rub rosin onto

"rosin the violin bow"

(... is a kind of rub ) rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

"puree the vegetables for the baby"

(... is a kind of rub ) rub to a uniform size

"gauge bricks"

(... is a kind of rub ) rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen

(... is a kind of rub ) rub with a brush, or as if with a brush

"Johnson brushed the hairs from his jacket"

(rub implies ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

Definition 4: cause friction - [verb of contact]

Samples where rub or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my sweater scratches

Synonyms for rub in the sense of this definition

(rub is a kind of ...) be in direct physical contact with; make contact

"The two buildings touch" "Their hands touched" "The wire must not contact the metal cover" "The surfaces contact at this point"

Definition 5: scrape or rub as if to relieve itching - [verb of perception]

Samples where rub or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't scratch your insect bites!

Synonyms for rub in the sense of this definition

(rub is a kind of ...) excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

"Aspirin irritates my stomach"

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