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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 The nub of the argument is that there are trade-offs involved in decisions about how, when and where to work. London Business School, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 At least three isopod species, Cymothoa exigua, Cymothoa borbonica, and Ceratothoa oestroides, appear to reduce the basihyal of some hosts to a mangled, nonfunctional nub; nevertheless, many of their fish landlords persist. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 That’s because the nub of your wrist bone prevents the sensor from laying flat. Geoff Nudelman, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 The starters have been worn to a nub, the defense has faltered and the losses have piled up for a team that won its first eight conference games and used to prevail in nearly every tight finish. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 The latter is a more modest pile of battlements on a smaller nub of a hill in the valley below. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 Weinstein says the nub of Trump's approach was a demand for reciprocity from allies, and that struck a chord with American voters that the Biden administration cannot afford to ignore. USA Today, 25 Feb. 2021 Wilson, who threw right and batted left, did it all with a nub for a right thumb. Joseph Goodman |, al, 18 Feb. 2021 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, 12 Jan. 2021

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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 Sep 2021

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“Nub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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