rub

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: rub

1
vn
move over something with pressure
the act of rubbing or wiping
2
n
an unforeseen obstacle
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: rub
1

v move over something with pressure

rub my hands”
rub oil into her skin”
Types:
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brush
rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
pumice
rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen
gauge
rub to a uniform size
puree, strain
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
rosin
rub rosin onto
sponge down, sponge off
clean with a sponge, by rubbing
worry
touch or rub constantly
scour, scrub
clean with hard rubbing
abrade, scour
rub hard or scrub
blur, smear, smudge, smutch
make a smudge on; soil by smudging
grate, scrape
scratch repeatedly
pass over, wipe
rub with a circular motion
grate
reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
paw
scrape with the paws
holystone
scrub with a holystone
resmudge
smudge again
dust
rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
sponge
wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
squeegee
wipe with a squeegee
broom, sweep
sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
towel
wipe with a towel
whisk, whisk off
brush or wipe off lightly
Type of:
draw, guide, pass, run
pass over, across, or through

v scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

Synonyms:
itch, scratch
Type of:
irritate
excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

v cause friction

Synonyms:
chafe, fray, fret, scratch
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

n the act of rubbing or wiping

“he gave the hood a quick rub
Synonyms:
wipe
Types:
scuff
the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)
Type of:
contact, physical contact
the act of touching physically
2

n an unforeseen obstacle

Synonyms:
hang-up, hitch, snag
Type of:
obstacle, obstruction
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
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