Definitions of rubbing
  1. noun
    effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
    synonyms: detrition, friction
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    the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
    type of:
    effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  2. noun
    the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
    synonyms: friction
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    abrasion, attrition, detrition, grinding
    the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
    adhesive friction, grip, traction
    the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
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    any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
  3. noun
    representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
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    type of:
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
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