\ 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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Booth, who died on August 20 at the age of 80, according to Sam Roberts of the New York Times, helped transform Hay-on-Wye into a literary hub and a tourism magnet. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Transformed a Welsh Town Into a ‘Kingdom’ of Used Books," 29 Aug. 2019 It’s designed to put all your content into one searchable hub. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "A cord-cutter’s guide to all the big new streaming services," 18 Aug. 2019 Medinah member Vaughn Moore rented it out for the week and turned it into an entertainment hub for friends, including Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 takeaways from a ‘spectacular ’ BMW Championship, including crazy-low scores, a tough act for Olympia Fields to follow and Tiny Houses are here to stay," 18 Aug. 2019 The Chinese government on Sunday announced a plan to transform Shenzhen, which neighbors Hong Kong, into a global businesses hub. Laura He, CNN, "Asian stocks start the week on a high note," 18 Aug. 2019 Dardaman and Wheeler hacked into the hub to prove Carhart’s apprehension was well founded. Zoe Schiffer, Vox, "The life of a white-hat hacker," 8 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile Shenzhen, across the border, has been transformed into a hub for new giant tech firms such as Huawei, Tencent and ZTE. The Economist, "Hong Kong remains crucially important to mainland China," 8 Aug. 2019 The new owners, Embarcadero Capital Partners and PCCP, two real estate investment firms, intend to transform the three big office buildings into a modern tech hub. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Big chunk of Milpitas land is bought by industrial developer," 31 July 2019 Both companies shared the announcement at a press conference Tuesday at the former Sparrows Point steel mill, which was acquired by Tradepoint for redevelopment into a distribution hub. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Tradepoint Atlantic chosen as Maryland’s first staging area for offshore wind energy," 23 July 2019

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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.


\ 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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