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Definition of rub:

  1. A chance.
  2. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; - called also rubstone.
  3. Imperfection; failing; fault.
  4. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness.
  5. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub.
  6. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch.
  7. The act of rubbing; friction.
  8. To cause ( a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.
  9. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore.
  10. To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
  11. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost.
  12. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world.
  13. To move over the surface of ( a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground.
  14. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; - often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.
  15. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
  16. To subject ( a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper.

Synonyms:

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