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Definition of hub

1 : the central part of a circular object (such as a wheel or propeller) spokes attached to the hub of the wheel
2a : a center of activity : focal point The island is a major tourist hub.
b : an airport or city through which an airline routes most of its traffic
c : a central device that connects multiple computers on a single network (see network entry 1 sense 3b)
3 : a steel punch from which a working die (see die entry 2 sense 3a) for a coin or medal is made

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Examples of hub in a Sentence

the hub of the city She was at the hub of all the activity. All of the airline's coast-to-coast flights pass through its hub. The spokes attach to the hub of the wheel.
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The other side of the apartment serves as the entertainment hub, with a walnut-and-suede paneled billiards room and bar, high-gloss lacquered office, and great room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 Bandar Malaysia was involved in the development of a transportation hub project in Kuala Lumpur for a high-speed rail link with Singapore. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Malaysia’s Securities Commission Fines Deloitte Over Breaches Tied to 1MDB," 31 Jan. 2019 Cities might turn schools into mobility hubs, with bike share (including bike share for kids!), scooter share, and other electric vehicle share, so parents can drop off their kids and switch to other car-free modes to get to work. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change," 10 Oct. 2018 The mayor sees Chicago’s position as a transportation hub as key to its future. John Byrne,, "Chicago Aviation Dept. commissioner leaving this summer, mayor's office says," 20 June 2018 In recent years, the site has been mentioned as a possible future transportation hub, which would spell doom for the building. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018 Their current projects in the Arts & Entertainment district are located near public transportation hubs, because the Melos believe mass transit will be Miami's next major game-changer. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "This Argentine family visited Miami in 2001 — and changed the city forever," 11 June 2018 Robert Ryan, a Lockport resident and former sign painter who started his own mural business in 1994, will create a mural to commemorate the city’s history as a transportation hub. Daily Southtown, "Lockport's annual summer series to celebrate art and history," 31 May 2018 In early March, the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority provided with a list of costs associated with the grand opening of the sparkling new $32 million Intermodal transportation hub totaling nearly $30,000. Roy S. Johnson,, "Check that, BJCTA spent $70,398.46 on grand opening and honoring board member," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hub

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hub

probably alteration of hob entry 2

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The first known use of hub was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of hub

: the central and most active part or place
: the airport or the city through which an airline sends most of its flights
: the center of a wheel, propeller, fan, etc.


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Kids Definition of hub

1 : the center of a wheel, propeller, or fan
2 : a center of activity The port is the island's hub.


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Medical Definition of hub

: the enlarged base by which a hollow needle may be attached to a device (as a syringe)

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