Rub in

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rub in to force into the pores of by friction: to reiterate or emphasise
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. Celt.; Gael. rub, W. rhwbio, to rub, to grind.

Usage

In literature:

Rub in morning and night.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
In comparing the fastness of two fabrics it is necessary to have the rubbing equal in all cases.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Rub in tablespoonful butter until crumbly, spread thickly over top of dough and bake one-half hour.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Butter him up a bit, and he'll give in; he's not been famous long enough not to feel inclined to purr if you rub him the right way.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
Cricket is rubbed pretty dry, and one rarely takes cold in sea-water.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
Having settled upon the supreme wish, and fairly holding his breath, he reached out in the darkness and rubbed the lamp.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
In rubbing it on, one must go around four times.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
Suarez appeared in his pajamas, rubbing his eyes.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
He dipped his napkin in the water, and rubbed and rubbed.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
With two days of drying in the sun and one day to rub in the chemicals, we will go.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
***

In poetry:

Then she said "these dirty colors,
Hardest to remove of all,
Can be made by constant rubbing
White as snowflake in its fall."
"Spotless (James 1:21)" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Lark, skylark, spilling your rubbed and round
Pebbles of sounds in air’s still lake,
Whose widening circles fill the noon; yet none
Is known so small beside the sun:
"The Ecstatic" by Cecil Day Lewis
Aladdin saw darkness fall o'er him;
He clutched at the lamp in his hand,
And, happening to rub it, before him
A Genius stood, stately and grand.
Whence he came he could not understand.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
Well, fetch his graven collar fine,
And rub the steel, and make it shine, And leave it round thy neck to twine,
Kai, in thy grave.
There of thy master keep that sign,
And this plain stave.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold
He was freed from the place in a minute;
And he rubbed once again: "Take me home!"
Home he was. And as blithe as a linnet
Rubbed again for the Genius with: "Come,
I am dying for food; get me some!"
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
If you show patience, I'll rid you of this virtue.
If you fall asleep, I'll rub the sleep from your eyes.
If you become a mountain, I'll melt you in fire.
And if you become an ocean, I'll drink all your water.
"If You Show Patience" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

In news:

5:01 pm Environmentalists really know how to rub it in.
McKillop rubs it in after a win.
I shook flour onto the walls and rubbed it in then tapped on the back to get rid of the excess.
RUB RESISTANCE WAS BETTER IN FIVE MINUTES THAN A CONVENTIONAL WATERLESS INK AFTER 24 HOURS.
We're heading toward that time of year when self-help industry publishers rub their hands together in anticipation.
Or rub your face in how amazing it is to cook on a small veggie farm.
Based on the opening IPO price of $38 per share, as has already been rubbed in your poor face today, Mark Zuckerberg almost instantly becomes $19 billion richer.
Go ahead , rub it in.
When Joe Saenz walked up to a Whittier, California-area home in the summer of 2008, a surveillance video shows he was smiling, rubbing his hands together and greeting associates, according to authorities.
Completely cover the hens in this rub.
Verena's brace rubbed her foot open in two places.
Every Last Musician On Earth Rubs Their Relationship In Your Face.
Brees threw five interceptions for the first time in his career and, rubbing salt in the wound, the Falcons also ended his NFL-record streak of touchdown passes.
A secure dog who is comfortable in their environment very likely does want a belly rub.
Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins rubs his chin between plays in the first quarter of a NBA game in Denver on Friday, Dec 14, 2012.
***

In science:

But there’s the rub: the connection between human knowledge and the physical world never has been understood in classical physics.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
We thereby demonstrated rigorously that smectic long-range order in a thick cell (without a rubbed substrate) at long scales is unstable to arbitrarily weak surface disorder, replaced by random smectic domains whose size and correlations on the heterogeneous substrate and in the bulk we have computed.
Smectic order, pinning, and phase transition in a smectic liquid crystal cell with a random substrate
In ferrofluids (single-domain MNP suspensions in carrier liquids), these can lead to correlations between neighbouring dipoles in growing fractal clusters, wherein to minimize dipolar energy, dipoles prefer to be parallel head-to-tail or antiparallel side-toside (Pastor-Satorras and Rubí 1995; 1998).
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
There’s the rub! Which Dirac operator are we talking about? There are at least two significant ones in our problem.
Stability of Matter in Magnetic Fields
He suggested basing thermodynamics on the fact that ‘rubbing’ is an adiabatic process that is not reversible, an idea he already had in his 1879 dissertation.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
***