\ 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.

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Adler visited Dixon inside Attica, and saw his colored pencils ground down to the nub. Tim Dahlberg, The Seattle Times, "The Masters drawing that helped free a man from prison," 13 Apr. 2019 Dangling from barely perceptible granite nubs, Mr. Honnold karate-kicked his foot out wide, shifting his body weight into the thin air above Yosemite Valley. Clint Carter, WSJ, "From Climbing Wall to Real Mountain: Can You Handle It?," 6 Mar. 2019 The most complicated moves often require holding on to just a nub of stone with the strength of the fingertips. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Forget Your Washboard Abs, the Hottest Workout Is for Your Fingers," 28 Nov. 2018 Cut the hard nub end off the garlic clove, and smash it with the flat side of your knife; the skin should come right off (discard it). Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "The perfection of pesto: a public service announcement," 18 July 2018 Tibs, a celebratory dish made with nubs of chicken (dark meat only) or beef, is forthright in flavor, bearing swallowed smoke from the grill. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Makina Cafe, Ethiopian Takeaway With Buoyant Injera," 28 June 2018 And the patty should be bigger, to avoid creating a slippery mess and a pile of uneaten bread nubs. Zoe Sayler, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s veggie burgers: Eating your vegetables never tasted this good," 3 July 2018 One year, my cousin presented her with a nub-sized cape, a superhero outfit for the former animal his wife held close. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Is It Okay to Have Stuffed Animals as an Adult?," 12 June 2018 At most restaurants, that nub of paste next to your pickled ginger is a mix of powdered horseradish and mustard, reconstituted and dyed green to resemble the Japanese plant for which it’s named. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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