• WordNet 3.6
    • n nub the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience "the gist of the prosecutor's argument","the heart and soul of the Republican Party","the nub of the story"
    • n nub a small piece "a nub of coal","a stub of a pencil"
    • n nub a small lump or protuberance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nub A jag, or snag; a knob; a protuberance; also, the point or gist, as of a story.
    • v. t Nub To push; to nudge; also, to beckon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nub A knob; a protuberance.
    • n nub In cotton- and wool-carding, a snarl; an entanglement; a knot; a knub.
    • n nub Point; pith; gist.
    • nub To push.
    • nub To beckon.
    • nub To hang (Davies); nab.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Nub nub (prov.) to push: beckon: hang.
    • n Nub nub a knob, knot: point, gist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Knob


In literature:

Very often, of course, the rambling and disjointed humorous story finishes with a nub, point, snapper, or whatever you like to call it.
"The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" by Mark Twain
He tried, and failed, to kill himself; and his progress to the nubbing cheat was a triumph of execration.
"A Book of Scoundrels" by Charles Whibley
Here's the nub of it, me boy.
"The Vision Spendid" by William MacLeod Raine
It was quarried in Het-nub, and I caused it to float down the river in a lighter.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge
Bait with small apple, nub of corn, or the like.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Take in the slack o' the hawser an' make her fast to yonder nub o' rock.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
That something was a little nub or projection that protruded from the rock directly in her path.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
But none too big, mebby, for the nub on top of the gate of the World's Fair.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
That's the nub of the whole matter, as we used to say in the country.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
He told them in French, and I lost nothing of them but the nubs.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain

In poetry:

For his least look, scant acres yield:
each finger-furrowed field
heaves forth stalk, leaf, fruit-nubbed emerald;
bright grain sprung so rarely
he hauls to his will early;
at his hand's staunch hest, birds build.
"Ode For Ted" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Buttery swatches of raw yellowtail belly flop on nubs of tempura-fried watermelon radish, with a salty black-bean vinaigrette.
If you've ever smoked a cigar down to the nub, you've probably burned your fingers trying to peel off the paper band before it went up in flames.
Allyson is an adorable calico Manx with the tiniest nub of a tail.
Every offseason, Green Bay Packers fans chew their fingernails to the nub while human cliffhanger Brett Favre decides whether to retire or play for another year.
Here in the cold, dark, horrible nub end months of the year, I jam clementines into my mouth like it's my job.
This will cut any nubs, minor flaws, or fine orange peel from the surface, leaving it glass smooth.
Young snakes begin to form the first nub of a rattle within days after birth and add a rattle every time it sheds its skin which for juveniles can be several times a year.
Nub's Nob or Boyne Highlands.
They're also available with little nubs at the end for keypads.
Tale of the Missing Nub.

In science:

Poisson(kα), and given these, the corresponding upwards messages are i.i.d. P{ ˆnub→v = 0} = ˆQ.
The Set of Solutions of Random XORSAT Formulae
Suppose that T nub α , the other case being symmetric.
Khinchin theorem for interval exchange transformations
Local description of condition |T nub α | < ρ.
Khinchin theorem for interval exchange transformations
N |T nub α | for all k ∈ N, which is absurd.
Khinchin theorem for interval exchange transformations