\ ˈnəb How to pronounce nub (audio) \

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 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 The torrent of lies Trump and his enablers have sent rushing over the DNC server story threaten to wear the truth to a nub. Wired, "Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading," 26 Nov. 2019 To witness the visits is to understand the nub of the deep divide over how to repair the nation’s broken immigration system. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "At the Border, Lawmakers See a Broken System and Little Common Ground," 28 Sep. 2019 Extra pie trimmings, or leftover biscuit dough, might do double duty as a cobbler top, while a nub of butter with some brown sugar and oats made a quick crisp topping. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 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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17 Jan 2020

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“Nub.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nub

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


\ ˈnəb How to pronounce nub (audio) \

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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