• WordNet 3.6
    • n hub the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
    • n hub a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve "the playground is the hub of parental supervision","the airport is the economic hub of the area"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hub A block for scotching a wheel.
    • Hub A goal or mark at which quoits, etc., are cast.
    • Hub (Diesinking) A hardened, engraved steel punch for impressing a device upon a die, used in coining, etc.
    • Hub (Aeronautics) A large airport used as a central transfer station for an airline, permitting economic air transportation between remote locations by directing travellers through the hub, often changing planes at the hub, and thus keeping the seat occupancy rate on the airplanes high. The hub together with the feeder lines from remote locations constitute the so-called hub and spoke system of commercial air passenger transportation. A commercial airline may have more than one such hub.
    • Hub A rough protuberance or projecting obstruction; as, a hub in the road. U.S See Hubby.
    • Hub A screw hob. See Hob, 3.
    • Hub The central location within which activities tend to concentrate, or from which activities radiate outward; a focus of activity.
    • Hub The central part, usually cylindrical, of a wheel; the nave. See Illust. of Axle box.
    • Hub The city of Boston, Massachusetts referred to locally by the nickname The Hub.
    • Hub The hilt of a weapon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hub A lump; a ridge; a small mass; any rough protuberance or projection. as, a hub in the road.
    • n hub A small stack of hay.
    • n hub A thick square sod pared off the surface of a peat-bog when digging for peat.
    • n hub A block of wood for stopping a carriage-wheel.
    • n hub In die-sinking, a cylindrical piece of steel on which the design for a coin is engraved in relief.
    • n hub A fluted screw of hardened steel, adapted to be placed on a mandrel between the centers of a lathe, notched to present cutting edges, and used in cutting screw-tools, chasing-tools, etc.
    • n hub In plumbing, a short piece of pipe with a bell at each end, used for joining pipes in line or at an angle. When one end is smaller than the other, to form a reducing-joint, it is a reduced hub.
    • n hub The wooden or metal center of a carriage-or wagon-wheel, into which the spokes are inserted; the nave. It is slipped over the arm of the axle, and turns upon it. In metallic car-wheels the hub is the central part next to the axle; in paper car-wheels it is the central metallic part to which the paper web is clamped. See wheel.
    • n hub Something resembling the hub of a wheel in central position or importance.
    • n hub A mark at which quoits, etc., are cast.
    • n hub The hilt of a weapon.
    • n hub Also hob in some uses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hub hub the projecting nave of a wheel; a projection on a wheel for the insertion of a pin: the hilt of a weapon: a mark at which quoits, &c., are cast
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  • Walt Whitman
    “There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See 1st Hob
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of hob.


In literature:

It isn't the thing at all; but see here, Judge, examine this hub.
"Harper's Young People, October 26, 1880" by Various
The hub was probably Dr. Ku's chief laboratory, Carse conjectured.
"The Affair of the Brains" by Anthony Gilmore
I saw many wagons down over their hubs, stalled in the mire.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
The woodwork of the wagon had to be new throughout except for one hub, which had done service across the Plains in 1853.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
The mud is up over the hubs of the truck, but it keeps plowin' along at a steady gait with Alex and the mechanic takin' turns at the wheel.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
Then, instead of the axle rubbing against the hub, the bearings roll inside of the hub.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
And now I saw a metropolis, the hub of a successful land.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
It is the hub of loyalty and law.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Maclin just then was the hub from which the spokes of curiosity led.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
This was first done by cutting out "lightening holes" between the hub and rim.
"The Four-Faced Visitors of Ezekiel" by Arthur W. Orton

In poetry:

We have rolled on life's journey,--how fast and how far!
One round of humanity's many-wheeled car,
But up-hill and down-hill, through rattle and rub,
Old, true Twenty-niners! we've stuck to our hub!
"Lines" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So when it came to a hidden shame our mugs were zippered tight;
He never asked me what I'd done, and he would never tell;
But though like men we revelled, when it came to bloody fight
I knew that I could bank on him clear to the hubs of hell.
"Death's Way" by Robert W Service

In news:

However, the Telegraph's headline, " Mather Airport should be cargo hub, not hobbyists' airstrip" will have been misunderstood by many readers.
Her new museum becomes Chinatown's culture hub.
Microbrewery , bicycle hub, agriculture showcase.
Now, the two and a half mile stretch is being transformed into an artistic and environmental hub for the community.
As the country's commercial and political hub, Montevideo follows its own, nonchalant pace.
Use the stock setscrews to secure the drive pins that come with the hubs.
Multimodal Transportation Hub Kicks Off in California.
The 'White African' and Nairobi 's Tech Hub.
Hoff dreams to turn Nary School into hub for arts, education.
From Weeds and Bricks to Media Hub in Brooklyn.
But it's hard to see how turning the site into a social networking hub would resurrect the Internet pioneer from its present position as an also-ran.
Don't miss: "Hub cap chicken," once fried roadside in hub caps (but now, thankfully, on restaurant menus).
She runs a website, Oceansunfish .org, which serves as an information hub on the species, and she asks citizen scientists to report any sightings.
A powdercoated-aluminum or wood pole supports fiberglass rods and polyamide hubs, while the Teflontreated acrylic covering is offered in 21 solids, 17 stripes, and three pert polka-dot combinations 49-8036-9068-0.
Chinais expected this year to approve imports of tobacco from the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Paraná , according to a Macau Hub story relayed by Tobacco China Online.

In science:

Topical search algorithms in reference (d) in reveal a similar structure with the authority-and-hub nodes. Recently several other search algorithms that utilize local information in a power-law graph with symmetric links were proposed, see reference (c) in .
Access time of an adaptive random walk on the world-wide Web
Notice again that this structural discovery resembles the mutually reinforcing relationship of Kleinberg’s authorities and hubs.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The hub is the node with the maximal number of outgoing edges, T.
Subgraphs in random networks
At γ ≤ 2, there is a condensation effect , where a finite fraction of the nodes have outdegree ≤ 1, and the mean hub size becomes proportional to N.
Subgraphs in random networks
For γ ≤ 2 the network is in a condensed regime, where the hub T = O(N ).
Subgraphs in random networks