• Jeff Sat up and Rubbed Himself 208
    Jeff Sat up and Rubbed Himself 208
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rubbing effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
    • n rubbing representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
    • n rubbing the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male koalas mark their territory by rubbing their chests on a tree. Male koalas have a dark scent gland in the middle of their chest
    • Rubbing a. & n. from Rub v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite
    • n rubbing An application of friction by any means; a frictional movement, as of the hand over the surface of the body for remedial purposes.
    • n rubbing A copy of an inscribed, engraved, or sculptured surface procured by rubbing superimposed paper with something, as heel-ball or plumbago, that reproduces the outlines and saliences on its exposed side. Compare squeeze, n.
    • n rubbing In needle-making, a process for straightening wire, in which the wires are heated and rolled back and forth on a smooth surface under the pressure of a curved tool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The loudest insect in the world is the male cicadas, which are like crickets. When they rub their abdomens, the sound made can be heard from 1300 feet
    • Rubbing an application of friction: a copy of an inscribed surface produced by rubbing heel-ball or plumbago upon paper laid over it
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.”
  • Sebastian Coe
    Sebastian Coe
    “All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.”


Not have two nickels to rub together - (USA) If a person doesn't have two nickels to rub together, they are very poor.
Not have two pennies to rub together - If someone hasn't got two pennies to rub together, they are very poor indeed.
Rub shoulders - If you rub shoulders with people, you meet and spend time with them, especially when they are powerful or famous.
Rub someone up the wrong way - If you annoy or irritate someone when you didn't mean to, you rub them up the wrong way.


In literature:

Successively apply several coats of some good rubbing varnish.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
After this has dried partly, rub off any surplus filler, rubbing across the grain of the wood.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
It is necessary to rub very carefully as excessive rubbing will remove the nap and change the color.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Everything rubbed him the wrong way this morning.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
One gill of rice, boiled soft; when cold, rub it with a spoon.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Rub one-half cup butter to a cream, add the yolks of two eggs, one at a time, then salt and cayenne pepper.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Rub the ground meat through the sieve and put it back on the fire.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
After he was gone, Uncle Remus sat a long time rubbing his hands and looking serious.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Scraping or rubbing off the foreign substance.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
Sir Thomas rubbed his face and scratched his head; but did not know how to give advice.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Poore heart, lament,
For since thy God refuseth still,
There is some rub, some discontent,
Which cools his will.
"The Method" by George Herbert
"But nor ben there's naebody there
Frae the yird to the farthest spark;
Ye'll rub the knees o' yer breeks to the bare
Afore ye'll pray ye a sark!
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
"To rub HIS eyes whene'er they ache -
To wear HIS baldness ere you're old -
To clean HIS teeth when you awake -
To blow HIS nose when you've a cold!"
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Do you know why that man that's got a cropped head
Rubbed it just now as if he felt a fly?
Could it be, Bobby, something that I dropded?
And is that why?
"On The Landing" by Francis Bret Harte
He rubs his spectacles, he stares,--
'Tis the same face that witched him early!
He gropes for his remaining hairs,--
Is this a fleece that feels so curly?
"Arcadia Rediviva" by James Russell Lowell
"I obey you," it said, "and whatever
You ask for, or wish, you shall have!
Rub the lamp but the least bit soever,
It calls me, for I am its slave!"
Aladdin said, "Open this cave!"
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Creating crayon rubbings is a fun way for children to express themselves artistically without making much of a mess.
Alber Elbaz Sang at Lanvin, Just to Rub in His Cuteness .
Come rub elbows with an Astros dignitary in team clubhouse.
Rub olive oil lightly over loin, and add Montreal steak seasoning.
Any competitive barbecue team worth its rub will tell you the same thing: Barbecue just tastes better in a parking lot.
Rub filets on all sides.
Dry-Rub Barbecued Fillet of Salmon with Bok Choy Salad Recipe.
Rub roast with salt, pepper and thyme.
No more rubbing a book all over yourself in the morning to smell freshly printed…by Wallpaper Magazine.
Transfer the hazelnuts to a damp towel and rub to remove the skins.
It always starts with a back rub doesn't it.
In this case all you can see is the back rub, but who knows what the next step is.
John Brown 's smokehouse rub.
Rubbing Customers The Right Way.
New office supply is like rubbing salt into the wound.

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
Two brushes fixed with respect to the laboratory rub the inner and outer cylindrical surfaces of radius, say ρ1 and ρ2 , and the electric potential difference between them △V is measured.
Eppur, si muove !
Low-lying zeros were considered by Iwaniec, Luo, and Sarnak [ILS], Rubinstein [Rub], ¨Ozl¨uk and Snyder [OS2], and others.
Modeling families of L-functions
Proposing a minimal random elastic model, we demonstrate that for a thick cell the smectic state without a rubbed substrate is always unstable at long scales, and for weak random pinning is replaced by a smectic glass state.
Smectic order, pinning, and phase transition in a smectic liquid crystal cell with a random substrate
For the remainder of the paper we will focus on this more interesting non-rubbed substrate limit.
Smectic order, pinning, and phase transition in a smectic liquid crystal cell with a random substrate