\ 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 Over the years, the series became a melancholy exploration of advantage and disadvantage, of the nub of personality and the casing of class identity, and the arrow of chance. Alissa Quart, The New Republic, "Michael Apted Took The Very Long View," 12 Jan. 2021 The nub of the case is that Facebook built and maintained a monopoly, largely through anticompetitive acquisitions. Steven Levy, Wired, "Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas," 11 Dec. 2020 The nub of the conflict is the Armenian-populated exclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, a Soviet-era autonomous region inside Azerbaijan that declared independence in 1988 as the USSR began to crumble. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "On Russia's flank, a small war heralds big changes," 30 Nov. 2020 The nub of his lecture was a screed against the institutions that comprise the British state. The Economist, "How Dominic Cummings wasted the greatest opportunity of his life," 20 Nov. 2020 The end of one of the armrests in the back has been chewed into a foamy nub by some dog or another. Ryan D'agostino, Town & Country, "What is Robert Kennedy Jr. Fighting For?," 19 Oct. 2020 In the middle of the keyboard is a small red nub, or TrackPoint, that puts controlling the mouse pointer at your fingertips — literally. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best laptops of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 While most low-budget clubs utilize high draft picks to build from the ground up, the Rays manage to work the edges in an industry where most clubs have sanded them to a nub. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Best in the league'? Why Tampa Bay Rays are the perfect squad for MLB's 2020 season," 22 Sep. 2020 The touring-recording hamster wheel ground everyone to a nub, and the sisterly bonds unraveled. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Showtime’s ‘The Go-Go’s’ tells the many messy stories behind the band’s pioneering music," 7 Aug. 2020

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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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29 Jan 2021

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“Nub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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