\ 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 That’s because the nub of your wrist bone prevents the sensor from laying flat. Geoff Nudelman, WSJ, "The Correct Way to Wear Your Fitbit or Apple Watch (You’re Doing It Wrong)," 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, "Five ways UCLA can tweak its approach to avoid marching to a sad ending," 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, "13 Affordable Places to Visit in Europe — From Country Escapes to Stunning Cities," 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, "Biden puts a twist on 'America First' even as he moves to unravel Trump's foreign policy," 25 Feb. 2021 Wilson, who threw right and batted left, did it all with a nub for a right thumb. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Remembering Birmingham’s greatest shortstop (and why he should be in the Hall)," 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, "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

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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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5 May 2021

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“Nub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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