rubbing

noun
rub·​bing | \ˈrə-biŋ \

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.

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The rubbing of the thighs together can cause irritation and rashes. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "6 Ways Working Out Affects Your Skin," 27 July 2018 That's not easily remedied with a quick wipe either—this surface really holds onto the oil and needs a vigorous rubbing to get clean. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Let your skin breathe and give the ingrown a chance to heal — constant rubbing in from skin-tight pants is not going to help the situation. Loni Venti, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Rid of Ingrown Hair: 9 Tips to Heal Your Skin," 5 Oct. 2018 At the very least, this will expose the inside of the leggings to all that rubbing and pilling, and protect the exterior. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "9 Things To Know Before Throwing Gym Clothes In The Laundry," 2 Aug. 2018 Know that the enzymes do most of the exfoliating work — no rubbing allowed. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "Exfoliation Tips for the Best Skin Ever," 25 June 2018 That rubbing can also change the shape of your cornea, leading to keratoconus, the AAD says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 These hybrid liquid formulas sink in easily, don’t require any rubbing and deliver a calming dose of hydration. New York Times, "How to Exfoliate, Without Damaging Your Skin," 29 May 2018 For his holiday card of 1964, Indiana had made pencil rubbings of the word LOVE, complete with his signature slanted O; one recipient of his card was MoMA curator Dorothy Miller. Elizabeth Botten, Smithsonian, "Archives Reveal Touching Stories on the Life of Robert Indiana, the Man Who Invented “LOVE”," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of rubbing

1845, in the meaning defined above

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rubbing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rubbing

: 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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