Definitions of rub

  1. To move along with pressure; to fret; to chafe; to move or pass with difficulty.
  2. To move or pass over with friction and pressure; graze, grate, or scrape.
  3. To polish or erase by friction.
  4. move over something with pressure; " rub my hands"; " rub oil into her skin"
  5. To subject ( a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper.
  6. To move over the surface of ( a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground.
  7. To cause ( a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.
  8. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
  9. To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
  10. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; - often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.
  11. To move something with pressure over the surface of; as, to rub one's face with a towel; to pass over with a scraping or brushing movement; as, the wheel rubbed my dress; to cause to move over with pressure; as, to rub one's hand over one's arm; to clean or scour by moving omething over with pressure; to polish; as, to rub up the silver; to remove by moving something over; erase; as, to rub out a black mark; renew one's knowledge of; as, to rub up one's history; to affect one's feelings disagreeably; as, to rub one the wrong way.
  12. To move something over ( the surface of) with pressure or friction: to clean: to polish: to wipe: to scour: to erase or beat out: to touch hard.
  13. To pass over with friction; wipe; touch hard.
  14. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost.
  15. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore.
  16. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world.
  17. To move along a surface with pressure; scrape; as, two things rub together; to get along with difficulty; as, to manage to rub along.
  18. To move along with pressure: to grate: to fret:- pr. p. rubbing; pa. t. and pa. p. rubbed.
  19. To move over with pressure.
  20. scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; " Don't scratch your insect bites!"
  21. move over something with pressure; " rub my back"; " rub oil into her skin"
  22. To move something along a surface with pressure; to wipe; to clean; to scour; to spread over; to polish. To rub down, to clean by rubbing. To rub off, to clean by rubbing; to separate by friction. To rub out, to erase. To rub upon, to touch hard. To rub up, to burnish; to excite.
  23. Rubbing.
  24. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch.
  25. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness.
  26. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub.
  27. Imperfection; failing; fault.
  28. A chance.
  29. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; - called also rubstone.
  30. A moving of something over with pressure; a rubbing; as, give the table a good rub; that which makes progress difficult; hindrance; something that is harsh to the feelings; a sarcasm.
  31. The act of rubbing: that which rubs: a collision: an obstruction: difficulty: a pinch: a joke.
  32. Friction; difficulty.
  33. A rubbing.
  34. Something that rubs; a hindrance; difficulty.
  35. Act of rubbing; friction; that which rubs and renders motion difficult; obstruction; difficulty; a sarcasm; a jibe.
  36. Act of rubbing; friction; hindrance; difficulty; pinch; sarcasm.
  37. Rubbed.
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