• Rubber
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rubber returned for lack of funds "a rubber check","a no-good check"
    • v rubber coat or impregnate with rubber "rubberize fabric for rain coats"
    • n rubber a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
    • n rubber contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
    • n rubber an eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber); commonly mounted at one end of a pencil
    • n rubber an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products
    • n rubber any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties resemble natural rubber
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Collecting raw rubber gum Collecting raw rubber gum
Rubber cloth production Rubber cloth production

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bubble gum contains rubber
    • Rubber A condom.
    • Rubber A coarse file, or the rough part of a file.
    • Rubber A low-cut overshoe made of natural or synthetic rubber[4], serving to keep the feet and shoes dry when walking in the rain or on a wet surface; -- usually used in the plural.
    • Rubber A whetstone; a rubstone.
    • Rubber An eraser, usually made of caoutchouc or a synthetic rubber[4].
    • Rubber An instrument or thing used in rubbing, polishing, or cleaning.
    • Rubber Any substance, whether natural or synthetic, resembling India rubber with respect to its elasticity[1].
    • Rubber In some games, as bridge or whist, the odd game, as the third or the fifth, which decides the winner when there is a tie between the players; as, to play the rubber ; also, a contest determined by the winning of two out of three games; as, to play a rubber of whist. "A rubber of cribbage."
    • Rubber India rubber; caoutchouc; gum elastic; -- also called natural rubber.
    • Rubber One who performs massage, especially in a Turkish bath.
    • Rubber One who, or that which, rubs.
    • Rubber Something that chafes or annoys; hence, something that grates on the feelings; a sarcasm; a rub.
    • Rubber The cushion of an electrical machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chewing gum has rubber as an ingredient
    • n rubber A person who rubs, or who practises rubbing of any kind as a business, as one employed in rubbing or polishing stone, one who attends and rubs down horses (as those used for racing), one who practises massage, etc.
    • n rubber An instrument, substance, or stuff used for rubbing, or cleaning or polishing by friction. Specifically— A towel or piece of cloth for rubbing the body after bathing, rubbing down horses, cleaning or polishing household articles, etc.
    • n rubber A piece of caoutchouc used to erase pencil-marks from paper, etc. From this, the first use to which caoutchouc was put, it came to be called rubber, or India rubber (now india-rubber). See def. 3.
    • n rubber A brush consisting of wool, felt, chamois-skin, or other substance fastened to a back, used for erasing chalk from a blackboard or slate.
    • n rubber In stone-work: An implement used in grinding or polishing. In the moldings of stone, an iron rubber mounted on a wooden stock is employed for fillets, beads, and astragals. These rubbers have convex or concave faces, according to the required contour of the work. A stone or wooden block covered with thick felt is used for polishing stone and marble. E. H. Knight. An implement for polishing marble, consisting of a mass of rags compressed by screws in an iron frame.
    • n rubber A tool for rubbing or flattening down the seams of a sail in sail-making.
    • n rubber The cushion of an electric machine, by friction against which the plate becomes charged with one kind of electricity and the rubber with the opposite kind. The rubber is made of horsehair, and covered with leather overlaid with a metallic preparation, sometimes consisting of the bisulphid of tin, or an amalgam, usually of zinc, tin, and mercury.
    • n rubber A whetstone, rubstone, or rubbing-stone.
    • n rubber A coarse file, or the rough part of it.
    • n rubber A device for applying French polish to furniture, etc. It consists of a small ball of wadding covered with a linen rag. This is saturated with the varnish, and then covered with another rag moistened with oil. The varnish oozes gradually through the outside rag as the rubber is passed over the work with a uniform circular motion.
    • n rubber A grinding or abrading agent, as emery-cloth or glass-paper for surfacing plates.
    • n rubber The part of a wagon-lock which presses against the wheels.
    • n rubber India-rubber; caoutchouc. See def. 2 , and india-rubber.
    • n rubber Something made partly or wholly of india-rubber or caoutchouc. An overshoe: usually in the plural. [U. S.]
    • n rubber An inequality of the ground in a bowling-green; a rub; hence, obstruction; difficulty; unpleasant collision in the business of life.
    • n rubber plural In the game of bowls, a contact or collision of two bowls.
    • n rubber A limited series of games, usually three, as at whist, in which the contest is decided by the winning of the greater number of games; also, the decisive game in such a series.
    • rubber Made of caoutchouc or india-rubber; having caoutchouc as the principal component.
    • rubber Caoutchouc in sheets.
    • n rubber See the extract.
    • n rubber The substance obtained by the coagulation of the latex of Hevea Brasiliensis, wherever grown. This is known commercially as cultivated Para. See Ceylon rubber.
    • n rubber See rubber shoddy.
    • n rubber One who turns around to see something; one who gazes or looks out eagerly: often used as an exclamation in mockery of one who turns to look at something.
    • rubber To turn around to see something; to look out or about in an eager or awkward manner; in general, to look about.
    • rubber To listen when others are talking through the telephone (on party lines).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert William Thomson, a Scottish engineer, invented the first rubber tire in 1845.
    • n Rubber rub′ėr one who rubs down horses: one who practises massage: a coarse towel for rubbing the body: a piece of caoutchouc for erasing pencil-marks, india-rubber: a brush for erasing marks of chalk: the cushion of an electric machine: a whetstone, a file: an emery-cloth: an overshoe: a rub, as 'One who plays with bowls must expect to meet with rubbers': a contest of three games, as at whist—also the deciding game in such a series
    • adj Rubber made of caoutchouc or india-rubber
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  • Earl Pitts
    Earl Pitts
    “The boy was as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.”
  • Linall Jr. A. L.
    Linall Jr. A. L.
    “Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”


Burn rubber - If you burn rubber, you drive very fast to get somewhere.
Where the rubber meets the road - (USA) Where the rubber meets the road is the most important point for something, the moment of truth. An athlete can train all day, but the race is where the rubber meets the road and they'll know how good they really are.


In literature:

She pulled what seemed to be a white rubber cap from one of his grinders.
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
Instead of this poultice, an india-rubber bag full of hot water may be used, with two or three ply of moist flannel between it and the skin.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The arrangements made in these india-rubber boats for bad weather were very simple and complete.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
Old Hickory gets up and rubbers over his shoulder.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
It was in the pocket of my rubber coat.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
When the bell rings I chucks my towel to a rubber and quits.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
With that, we all dressed, and began to pack our belongings; I putting my rubber blanket upon the floor and rolling my bedding in that.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
As we shall see, that rubber tree, producing the best rubber known, became more and more common as we proceeded north.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
When in Ithaca on his way home the fun-loving Rover had purchased an imitation rabbit, made of thin rubber.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
It was of rubber, and stretched some.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum

In poetry:

each nine o'clock. And curls
tumble languorously towards
the yawning rubber band, tan,
your hand pressing all that
"Jane Awake" by Frank O Hara
On the left, a red light
swims through the dark:
a ship's port lantern.
Two rubber boots show,
illuminated, solemn.
A dog gives one bark.
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop
I told them tales of magic lands,
I took them out to wash their hands.
I sorted their rubbers and tied their laces,
I wiped their noses and dried their faces.
"Children's Party" by Ogden Nash
The surgical mask, the rubber teat
Are singed, give off an evil smell.
You seem to weep more now that heat
Spreads everywhere we look.
It says here none of us is well.
"The Doctor Will Return" by Weldon Kees
When I was just a Kitten small,
They gave to me a Rubber Ball
To roll upon the floor.
One day I tapped it with my paw
And pierced the rubber with my claw;
Now it will roll no more.
"The Puncture" by Oliver Herford
"Odd rubber-shoes; old gloves of different hues;
Tax--bills,--unpaid,--and several empty purses;
And, saved from harm by some protecting charm,
A printed page with Smith's immortal verses;
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Asylum 's Evan Peters traded in last season's S/M rubber suit for even less clothing.
Find a rubber duck and you get unlimited free drinks during show at Viscount.
Chadwick's Videos Of The Day:Work Your Face, Valentine's Gift, Proposal, One Million Dollars, Rubber.
The marketing and distribution arrangement between Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. And American Kenda Rubber Industrial will end May 1.
Scatter rubber duckies throughout your party decor near the food, next to floral arrangements, on top of towels, etc.
Rubber Ducky Classic to be held Saturday.
Participants line Oysterdale Creek Saturday at the Pike Township Sportsmen's Association's annual rubber duck race.
The picture, allegedly taken by his girlfriend, shows him using a rubber hose and a red gas can while flipping off the camera.
Each put on a pair of protective rubber gloves, grabbed a plastic trash bag and headed down to the beach.
Rubber-armed Jackson shines in starting role.
All you have to do to win is purchase a rubber shark for $10.
Due to the rubber-lined tanks, we face high maintenance costs every year.
New-look containers and packages with enhanced functionality are pouring out of R&D labs, but turning them into production-friendly containers is where the rubber meets the road.
Coming between the folk rock feel of 'Rubber Soul' and the artsy progression on 'Sgt.
How about witness thousands of rubber ducks swimming at the beach.

In science:

We attempt to investigate whether Prospero could be a collisional fragment or if a collision on a primary Prospero would result in a rubber pile structure.
Constraints to Uranus' Great Collision. IV. The Origin of Prospero
Several authors, for example Kawabata (15), Meissner (16) or Reuge (17) have developed biaxial apparatus to test rubber-like material in equi-biaxial tension.
Tools for multiaxial validation of behavior laws chosen for modeling hyper-elasticity of rubber-like materials
Large deformation isotropic elasticity—on the correlation of theory and experiment for incompressible rubber like solids.
Mechanical Characterization of Brain Tissue in Compression at Dynamic Strain Rates
In the spirit of ref. 13 this instanton may describe the break-up of one Bertotti-Robinson universe into two, not by a transverse splitting as in Section 4, but by “snapping” longitudinally, like a rubber band that has been stretched too much.
Euclidean Maxwell-Einstein Theory
Conductive rubber pads connect the pixels to the pins via traces.
Design and Testing of a Prototype Pixellated CZT Detector and Shield for Hard X-Ray Astronomy