Definition of rubbing
: an image of a raised, incised, or textured surface obtained by placing paper over it and rubbing the paper with a colored substance
Examples of rubbing in a Sentence
He made a rubbing of the old tombstone.
Recent Examples of rubbing from the Web
Like a charcoal rubbing that reveals the pattern of a relief, the spread of Connect & Protect exposes the region's real security network, a ubiquitous but previously hidden tangle of private and public groups.
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Definition of rubbing for English Language Learners
: an image of a surface that is made by placing paper over it and rubbing the paper with a pencil, crayon, etc.
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