Rub, v. i. 1. To
move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel
rubs against the gatepost.
2. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a
3. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to
rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the
To rub along or on, to go
on with difficulty; as, they manage, with strict economy, to rub
Rub, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub,
v,t,] 1. The act of rubbing; friction.
2. 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
Every rub is smoothed on our way.
To sleep, perchance to dream; ay, there's the
Upon this rub, the English ambassadors thought
fit to demur. Hayward.
One knows not, certainly, what other rubs might
have been ordained for us by a wise Providence. W.
3. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in
the game of bowls; unevenness. Shak.
4. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm;
joke; as, a hard rub.
5. Imperfection; failing; fault. [Obs.]
Beau. & Fl.
6. A chance. [Obs.]
Flight shall leave no Greek a rub.
7. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen
cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also rubstone.
Rub iron, an iron guard on a wagon body,
against which a wheel rubs when cramped too much.
Rub (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Rubbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Rubbing.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw,
gael. rub.] 1. 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
It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to
rub the body with a coarse linen cloth. Sir T.
2. To move over the surface of (a body) with
pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs
3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and
friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the
Two bones rubbed hard against one
4. To spread a substance thinly over; to
The smoothed plank, . . . Milton.
New rubbed with balm.
5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to
brighten; to cleanse; -- often with up or over; as, to
rub up silver.
The whole business of our redemption is to rub
over the defaced copy of the creation. South.
6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
'T is the duke's pleasure, Shak.
Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
Will not be rubbed nor stopped.
To rub down. (a) To clean by
rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a horse.
(b) To reduce or remove by rubbing; as, to rub
down the rough points. -- To rub off,
to clean anything by rubbing; to separate by friction; as, to
rub off rust. -- To rub out, to remove
or separate by friction; to erase; to obliterate; as, to rub
out a mark or letter; to rub out a stain. --
To rub up. (a) To burnish; to
polish; to clean. (b) To excite; to awaken;
to rouse to action; as, to rub up the memory.
Rub, n. -- Rub of the
green (Golf), anything happening to a ball in
motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any agency outside
the match, or by the fore caddie.