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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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Recent Examples on the Web The hub will seamlessly connect to door openers made after 1993. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier," 25 June 2020 The measure also would require the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate each regional hub's operation and outcomes and report more details to the legislature by July 31, 2020. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Michigan Senate passes nursing home bill that seeks to create dedicated COVID-19 facilities," 25 June 2020 The German auto manufacturer broke ground in 2017 on a $1 billion expansion into Bibb County, including a new plant to build rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, a Global Logistics Center and after-sales hub. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Mercedes construction runoff muddies Cahaba tributary, Alabama warns," 24 June 2020 The contingent came to town to tour the Worldport air hub and other UPS health care facilities that handle medical supplies and pharmaceuticals from six sites. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS has a new facility in Louisville to distribute coronavirus supplies for FEMA," 24 June 2020 The shooting broke out shortly after midnight in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, a nightlife hub with bars, restaurants, and retail. Doug Glass,, "1 man dead, 11 people wounded in Minneapolis shooting," 21 June 2020 As delivery volumes spike and the load on drivers grows, a major UPS Oakland distribution hub has seen significant delays, some customers and a union representative say. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 18-19," 20 June 2020 Four years have passed since the violent unrest that birthed Sherman Phoenix, the entrepreneurial hub on Milwaukee's northwest side. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A hub for Black entrepreneurs in Milwaukee focuses on sustainable change," 19 June 2020 The league is expected to disclose the two playoff hub sites next week. Los Angeles Times, "Lightning shut down training facilities after players test positive for COVID-19," 19 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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