nub

noun
\ 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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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 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 These nubs more effectively transmit vibrations to bony areas near the dog’s hips and shoulders and don’t require shaving his coat. National Geographic, "Vibrating dog vest may let you 'talk' to your pup without saying a word," 9 July 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, Washington Post, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 6 Aug. 2019 The rectangular casing is about an inch and a half long, with elongated nubs that enable better contact with the skin through the dog’s fur. National Geographic, "Vibrating dog vest may let you 'talk' to your pup without saying a word," 9 July 2019 Can’t tell if that little protruding nub is a stinger or not. oregonlive.com, "Ask an Expert: Insect traveling through greenhouse is ‘looking for love’ won’t damage plants," 12 July 2019 Between the touchscreen, the touchpad, and Lenovo’s signature pointer nub, there is no shortage of ways to interact with Windows 10 on this X1. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) review: business in the front, business in the back," 12 Apr. 2018 Yes, there is an internal part of your larger clitoral structure, but a lot of people need to stimulate the little nub on the outside in order to actually get off. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Tips for Buying Your Very First Vibrator," 26 June 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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nub

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nub

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

nub

noun
\ 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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