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Definition of nub

1 : knob, lump
2 : nubbin
3 : gist, point the nub of the problem

Examples of nub in a Sentence

The dog chewed his bone down to a nub. The shoes have little nubs on the bottom that prevent you from slipping.
Recent Examples on the Web Or the eyeliner that's been sharpened down to no more than a nub. Sophia Panych, Allure, 28 Feb. 2022 This underfed mangelike creature was the victim of an animal attack or a lame attempt at tail-docking as the bony nub and flesh is all that remained of what was once the animal appendage. cleveland, 7 June 2022 Nadal often kicks clean the nub of tape in the middle of the baseline before heading to his chair for a changeover. New York Times, 29 May 2022 The nub is that apprenticeships are jobs and only employers are capable of creating them. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Nearer the ocean, on the Praia da Barra, was the worn pencil nub of the Barra lighthouse, the tallest in Portugal. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 One existing theory suggests that, in order to produce consciousness, this small nub syncs up the various rhythms of the cortex. Max G. Levy, Wired, 11 May 2021 The Justices signing on to the opinion were Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor—the Court’s liberal nub—plus Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2022 Next, pull the nub off the top of the avocado to reveal the color of the flesh inside. Daniel Holzman And Matt Rodbard, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nub

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nub

alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe

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28 Jul 2022

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“Nub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈnəb How to pronounce nub (audio) \

Kids Definition of nub

1 : a small rounded part that sticks out from something These shoes have nubs on the bottom to prevent slipping.
2 : a small piece or end that remains after something has been removed or worn away a nub of pencil

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