nub

noun
\ˈnəb \

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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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 Here’s the nub of a distinction: Journalists follow a strict ethical code. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "When fact and imagination meet," 6 June 2018 Smith's luscious locks are shaved to the nub by the time the electro-rock beat kicks in for the chorus, during which the singer has been transported to a confetti-raining club. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Bastille Has a Wild Night Out In 'Quarter Past Midnight' Video: Watch," 23 May 2018 Anchovies from Cantabia, Spain, are laid out on the plate with a nub of soft butter and slices of bread from Heller, who used to run the itinerant bakery Leo's Bread. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Echo's Pizza in Mid-City delivers delicious simplicity: First look review," 24 Apr. 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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The first known use of nub was in 1696

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nub

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nub

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

nub

noun
\ˈnəb \

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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