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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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Echo Plus: Amazon’s smart speaker with a smart home hub built-in will be on sale for $109.99 (usually $149.99). Emily Heller, Curbed, "Black Friday 2018: Best home tech deals to watch for," 24 Nov. 2018 Newark Liberty International Airport is United’s third-largest hub. Paul Berger, WSJ, "FAA Sides With United in Newark Airport-Fee Dispute," 20 Nov. 2018 Cap Rocat in Mallorca, Spain, is a peaceful hub in an old military fortress whose shooting pads have been converted into sleeping quarters with an infinity pool overlooking the Palma bay. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "These Are the World’s Sexiest Bedrooms, According to Two Globe-Trotters Who Would Know," 14 Nov. 2018 At Purdue University, one of the nation’s biggest hubs for international students, total foreign enrollment fell by 2 percent this year. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "US colleges attracting fewer new students from abroad," 13 Nov. 2018 Joss & Main is already stocked in the sale department, and with Black Friday deals offering up to 80% off on site wide sales, there’s no better time to buy from this discount hub. Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "The Best Places To Score A Sofa On Black Friday," 14 Oct. 2018 The desire to show the human side of miscarriage and infertility, not just the clinical perspective, is what led 31-year-old Alli Kasirer to start FertileGirl, a relatively new online community and content hub. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 As Heidi might know, not only does Texas have fantastic vegan food and a burgeoning tech industry hub in Austin, but there’s also a lot of hair dye in a state famous for coiffures as big as its attitude. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Here's What Texas Stylists Have to Say About Ted Cruz's "Hair Dye" Comment," 10 Sep. 2018 Janette Marx, who runs a global workforce solutions company with a hub in Houston, spoke with the Houston Chronicle about global trends in hiring. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hub.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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