rub·​bing | \ ˈrə-biŋ How to pronounce rubbing (audio) \

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 on the Web For example, not just kissing a romantic partner, but close contact between mother and child like snuggling or rubbing cheeks or noses together. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 The sandals even offer a soft foam strap between your toes to prevent painful rubbing and blisters. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 7 Apr. 2022 The Sensory Studio includes a rubbing table where children use crayons to reveal textures, natural plant materials and plates, a large light table where children look at colorful and translucent plant materials, and more. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2022 An irritant, that's perspiration getting trapped under there, rubbing, and creating a rash. Dana Rose Falcone, Allure, 16 Mar. 2022 The 27th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards brought out stars from film and streaming in droves for a glamorous night of recognition and shoulder-rubbing in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 14 Mar. 2022 These infections typically cause pain in or around the ear, so take note if your child is tugging, rubbing, or holding it. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 1 Mar. 2022 Arnold then grabbed an insect from under a nearby leaf, put it into his mouth briefly, and then applied the insect to the wound, using the same gentle rubbing motion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2022 The researchers found that P.C.R. tests picked up a higher share of Omicron infections when saliva samples — produced by the rubbing of a swab inside the cheeks, around the gums and tongue — were used instead of nasal samples. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rubbing

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubbing was in 1845

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14 May 2022

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“Rubbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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