nub

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noun \ˈnəb\

Definition of nub

  1. 1 :  knob, lump

  2. 2 :  nubbin

  3. 3 :  gist, point the nub of the problem

Examples of nub in a Sentence

  1. The dog chewed his bone down to a nub.

  2. The shoes have little nubs on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.

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Origin and Etymology of nub

alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe



NUB Defined for English Language Learners

nub

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Definition of nub for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece or end : a small part that sticks out


NUB Defined for Kids

nub

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noun \ˈnəb\

Definition of nub for Students

  1. 1 :  a small rounded part that sticks out from something These shoes have nubs on the bottom to prevent slipping.

  2. 2 :  a small piece or end that remains after something has been removed or worn away a nub of pencil



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