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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 would integrate with state and local websites to keep you aware of the latest mandates from your governor and county officials. Ro Khanna Shaun Modi, Wired, "The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design," 17 Jan. 2021 The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven emirates that includes the Middle East’s commercial hub of Dubai, has embarked on the world’s second-fastest Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "U.A.E. Pushes Ahead With Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine, Hoping to Avoid Lockdowns as Cases Surge," 16 Jan. 2021 Call 833-968-1745 to make an appointment at either the South Side or the West Side hub. Brian Chasnoff,, "‘It’s heartbreaking’ — Many without appointments turned away at South Side COVID vaccination hub," 11 Jan. 2021 The main information hub for the organization is through the website Werner Trieschmann, Arkansas Online, "Alarm for Alzheimer's needs to sound in state, across U.S.," 10 Jan. 2021 The expansion would allow the transit hub to accommodate 175,000 more riders. New York Times, "New Train Hall Opens at Penn Station, Echoing Building’s Former Glory," 30 Dec. 2020 Many of these restaurants are located in The Square, the longtime cultural and economic hub of Oxford. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Looking for a quick getaway? Oxford is open for business with food, shopping, arts and more," 26 Dec. 2020 More than 5,000 students transfer at the Mondawmin hub every day. Washington Post, "Five years after Freddie Gray’s death, a look at the start of the unrest," 24 Dec. 2020 As for Moderna, the vials with vaccine will travel from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Indiana to McKesson Corporation’s distribution center in Irving, Texas, the hub of the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed vaccination initiative. USA Today, "How coronavirus vaccines will be shipped and distributed using cold chain technologies," 21 Dec. 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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24 Jan 2021

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“Hub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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