: knob, lump
: nubbin
: 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 If your partner is open to it, explore gentle sucking around their nub and even directly on it, Dr. O’Reilly says. Erica Sloan, SELF, 18 June 2024 Kevin Purdy Step 3: Remove the battery (technically unnecessary, but wise), loosen a clamp holding up the handlebar, then fold it down onto the frame, letting a nub tuck into a locking notch. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 7 June 2024 Top-panel radiator space extends 285mm from the card brackets to the front radiator bracket, but screw-hole nubs sticking out near the slots reduces the actual smooth mounting space to 274mm. PCMAG, 21 Apr. 2024 All this can happen, and yet there’s a little nub that remains unchanged. Jaron Lanier, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for nub 

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Word History


alteration of English dialect knub, probably from Low German knubbe

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nub was in 1696

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“Nub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nub. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the main point of a matter
the nub of the story

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