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1. A protuberance or knob.
2. A small lump.
3. The essence; the core: the nub of a story.
[Variant of knub, probably from Low German knubbe, from Middle Low German, variant of knobbe.]
1. a small lump or protuberance
2. a small piece or chunk
3. the point or gist: the nub of a story.
4. (Textiles) a small fibrous knot in yarn
[C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbe knob]
1. the point, gist, or heart of something.
2. a knob or protuberance.
3. a small piece.
[1585–95; < Low German knubbe]
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|Noun||1.||nub - a small lump or protuberance |
excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, bulge, protrusion, protuberance, swelling, bump, prominence - something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"
|2.||nub - a small piece; "a nub of coal"; "a stub of a pencil"|
nubbin - a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)
|3.||nub - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"|
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff - a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"