To rub off
Rub 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 sandpaper. [1913 Webster]

It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth. --Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster]

2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body. [1913 Webster]

Two bones rubbed hard against one another. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear. [1913 Webster]

The smoothed plank, . . . New rubbed with balm. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver. [1913 Webster]

The whole business of our redemption is to rub over the defaced copy of the creation. --South. [1913 Webster]

6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart. [R.] [1913 Webster]

'T is the duke's pleasure, Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Will not be rubbed nor stopped. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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