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rubbing

verb
present participle of rub

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1 to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • the brake pads were rubbed away as a result of years of use

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2 to make smooth by friction
  • the furniture restorer rubbed the board perfectly smooth with sandpaper

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3 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
  • the butler rubbed the silver tea set until it gleamed

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The first known use of rubbing was in 1845

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“Rubbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rubbing. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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