hub

noun
\ 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.
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The city in upstate New York might become a startup hub, if accelator and venture-capital firm Techstars gets its way. Heather Mack, WSJ, "Building the Next Great Startup Hub—in Buffalo," 31 Jan. 2019 The center also aims to become a hub for parents, with midwives referring people for support. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Reveals Baby Secrets as She Brings Magic Touch to Royal Day Out," 14 Jan. 2019 But authorities say a tougher approach on drugs is now needed as the country has increasingly became an international transit hub for narcotics. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines'," 12 July 2018 Is there a difference between big hubs and smaller airports? Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What to Know About Airport Security During the Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2019 Eareckson Air Station serves as an Air Force refueling hub and an emergency-landing site for civilian aircraft. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Plane from Beijing reaches Seattle after 12-hour unscheduled stop on remote Alaskan island," 26 Dec. 2018 Photo: The Canadian Press via AP Huawei, based in China’s tech hub of Shenzhen, is now the world’s biggest maker of telecommunications equipment, including cellular-tower electronics, internet routers and other modern communication hardware. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Huawei Had a Deal to Give Washington Redskins Fans Free Wi-Fi, Until the Government Stepped In," 24 Dec. 2018 Trump traveled to the historic hub of the city’s Jewish community as the first funerals were held for the victims, who range in age from 54 to 97. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot," 31 Oct. 2018 Jamalon is estimated at making $2.6 million annually in revenue, employs more than 60 people at its headquarters in Amman, and recently opened an office in Dubai, the financial hub of the Middle East. Miriam Berger, Vox, "Why innovative tech startups are thriving across the Middle East," 1 Oct. 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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hub

noun

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.

hub

noun
\ 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.

hub

noun
\ ˈhəb How to pronounce hub (audio) \

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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