\ ˈhəb How to pronounce hub (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ottawa International Airport, another major hub, also recorded a 75 mph gust. Jacob Feuerstein, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Kia's manufacturing hub is already in West Point, Georgia, about 275 miles away. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 21 May 2022 South African firm Mann Made developed Africarare last October, a 3D virtual reality immersive hub dubbed Ubuntuland. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 20 May 2022 After all, Kawajiri grew up in Japan, the cutting-edge, bustling fashion hub. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 20 May 2022 The boxes include surgical and protective masks the county stored at a distribution hub before sending them to health care facilities, according to the Flickr description. Dezimey Kum, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 The city is strategically located on the Sea of Azov and an important economic center and trading hub for Ukraine. Robert Hart, Forbes, 20 May 2022 The North Park Mini Park, which opened directly behind the theater earlier this year, will serve as the event’s hub. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 Councilman Jason Dozier, who was elected last year and represents the area, introduced a resolution recently urging Amtrak and CIM to consider the possibility of building a rail hub there as Amtrak considers expansion plans in the Southeast. J.d. Capelouto, ajc, 20 May 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Hub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈhəb How to pronounce hub (audio) \

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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