rubbing

noun rub·bing \ ˈrə-biŋ \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

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

  1. He made a rubbing of the old tombstone.

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First Known Use of rubbing

1845

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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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