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rub·bing

 (rŭb′ĭng)
n.
1. The act of polishing, cleaning, or drying.
2. A representation of a raised or indented surface made by placing paper over the surface and rubbing the paper gently with a marking agent such as charcoal or chalk.

rubbing

(ˈrʌbɪŋ)
n
an impression taken of an incised or raised surface, such as a brass plate on a tomb, by laying paper over it and rubbing with wax, graphite, etc

rub•bing

(ˈrʌb ɪŋ)

n.
an impression of an incised or sculptured surface made by laying paper over it and rubbing with graphite or a similar substance until the image appears.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rubbing - the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with anotherrubbing - the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
attrition, detrition, grinding, abrasion - the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
adhesive friction, traction, grip - the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
resistance - any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
2.rubbing - representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
representation - a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
3.rubbing - effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
attrition - the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
Translations

rubbing

[ˈrʌbɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= act) → frotamiento m
2. (= brass rubbing) → calco m
B. CPD rubbing alcohol N (US) → alcohol m

rubbing

n
(= action)Reiben nt; (of collar)Scheuern nt, → Reiben nt; (with towel) → Frottieren nt; (= polishing)Polieren nt; (with sandpaper) → Schmirgeln nt

rubbing

:
rubbing alcohol
n (US) → Wundbenzin nt
rubbing varnish
nSchleiflack m

rubbing

[ˈrʌbɪŋ] nsfregamento (Art) → rilievo (ottenuto sfregando colore su un foglio sovrapposto)

rubbing

n. masaje.
References in classic literature ?
But I don't see what you can do, except get a carriage, or stay here all night," answered Jo, softly rubbing the poor ankle as she spoke.
For a moment he stood thus, rubbing his hands together and looking up and down the road, and then, fear overcoming him, ran back to walk again upon the porch on his own house.
While grandmother and I washed the dishes and grandfather read his paper upstairs, Jake and Otto sat on the long bench behind the stove, `easing' their inside boots, or rubbing mutton tallow into their cracked hands.
I thought I heard a noise that woke me, and I missed you," said Jessie, rubbing her eyes.
Suddenly he heard a groan--his teeth chattered, and his knees smote against the saddle: it was but the rubbing of one huge bough upon another, as they were swayed about by the breeze.
I succeeded in extracting a grunt; and presently, he drew back his arm, shook himself all over like a Newfoundland dog just from the water, and sat up in bed, stiff as a pike-staff, looking at me, and rubbing his eyes as if he did not altogether remember how I came to be there, though a dim consciousness of knowing something about me seemed slowly dawning over him.
Aware of their danger, they were going all abreast with great speed straight before the wind, rubbing their flanks as closely as so many spans of horses in harness.
I was sorry for Ginger, but of course I knew very little then, and I thought most likely she made the worst of it; however, I found that as the weeks went on she grew much more gentle and cheerful, and had lost the watchful, defiant look that she used to turn on any strange person who came near her; and one day James said, "I do believe that mare is getting fond of me, she quite whinnied after me this morning when I had been rubbing her forehead.
They unwrapped him, and a man began vigorously rubbing his ears; and as they were frozen stiff, it took only two or three rubs to break them short off.
said Aunt Chloe, rather complacently, as, producing an old towel, kept for such emergencies, she poured a little water out of the cracked tea-pot on it, and began rubbing off the molasses from the baby's face and hands; and, having polished her till she shone, she set her down in Tom's lap, while she busied herself in clearing away supper.
The sparkling eyes and the delighted rubbing of hands made eloquent answer -- this reverend crowd WOULD like to know what that monarch was at, just as this moment.
His life is mostly devoted to carrying bulky panniers and packages which rest against his body--therefore he is habituated to taking the outside edge of mountain paths, to keep his bundles from rubbing against rocks or banks on the other.