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nub

 (nŭb)
n.
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.]

nub′by adj.

nub

(nʌb)
n
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]
ˈnubbly adj

nub

(nʌb)

n.
1. the point, gist, or heart of something.
2. a knob or protuberance.
3. a small piece.
[1585–95; < Low German knubbe]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nub - a small lump or protuberancenub - 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)
part, piece - a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
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"
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"

nub

noun gist, point, heart, core, essence, nucleus, kernel, crux, pith That, I think, is the nub of the problem.

nub

noun
1. An unevenness or elevation on a surface:
2. The most central and material part:
Law: gravamen.
Translations

nub

[nʌb] N (= piece) → pedazo m, trozo m; (= protuberance) → protuberancia f (fig) → lo esencial, parte f esencial
that's the nub of the questionahí está el quid del asunto

nub

n
(= piece)Stückchen nt, → Klümpchen nt
(fig) the nub of the matterder springende Punkt, der Kernpunkt

nub

[nʌb] n the nub of the matteril nocciolo del problema
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