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Definition of nub

1 : knob, lump
2 : nubbin
3 : gist, point the nub of the problem

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Examples of nub in a Sentence

The dog chewed his bone down to a nub. The shoes have little nubs on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.
Recent Examples on the Web How could this former naval officer, with his nubs of chalk and jumbles of string, contribute anything to the battles being waged out at sea? Simon Parkin, Time, "A Nazi U-Boat Tactic Stumped Allied Forces — Until a Retired British Naval Officer Designed a Game to Reveal How It Worked," 29 Jan. 2020 The nubs of cactus are sautéed with smoky salsa macha on the griddle to give them heat and crunch and depth without any of that gooeyness often associated with the vegetable. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "I’m From Texas and This Is the Best Quesadilla I’ve Ever Had," 27 Jan. 2020 Pop Sockets released its own wireless charger that works without taking the little nub off the back of your phone. Popular Science, "The weirdest, wildest, and coolest images from CES 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Repeatedly knock the assembly’s protruding central printed nub on a solid surface until the concrete portion slides out. 13. Popular Science, "Make your own concrete flower pots," 3 Jan. 2020 These supplemental ingredients aren’t necessarily sinister, just anonymous; they’ve been stripped down to standardized sugar nubs in order to provide cost-effective fuel for fermentation. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Antlers on males will grow from nubs to full racks in three months. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 And that’s the nub of it; rhetoric alone cannot support the lira. Washington Post, "Turkey Can’t Just Wish Away Its Currency Problems," 2 May 2019 And more to the nub of the national discourse, the largest increases in mortality have taken place in the states that could be determinative in next year’s presidential elections, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Death is the biggest issue in the 2020 election," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nub

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nub

alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe

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14 Feb 2020

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“Nub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nub

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


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Kids Definition of nub

1 : a small rounded part that sticks out from something These shoes have nubs on the bottom to prevent slipping.
2 : a small piece or end that remains after something has been removed or worn away a nub of pencil

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