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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.
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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
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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]
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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"
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nub

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

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

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

[nʌb] n the nub of the matteril nocciolo del problema
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He told them a good many humorous anecdotes, and always forgot the nub, but they were always able to furnish it, for these yarns were of a pretty early vintage, and they had had many a rejuvenating pull at them before.
With such a cargo on board, digestion is a slow process, and we must sit long in the cool chambers and smoke--and read French newspapers, which have a strange fashion of telling a perfectly straight story till you get to the "nub" of it, and then a word drops in that no man can translate, and that story is ruined.
"I had one of them on this ranch five years ago, and I'll tell you about it, so that you can see the nub of this whole question.
Men told anecdotes that were terrific to hear, but nobody blushed; and when the nub was sprung, the assemblage let go with a horse-laugh that shook the fortress.
Djor Kantos had not come running like a willing slave when she had expected him, and, ah, here was the nub of the whole thing!
Uneven cuts delineated the curves of stable nubs, 2013, two fingerlike plywood pieces screwed to zinc brackets.
I am sorry to say that was it filthy, with hundreds and hundreds of nub ends outside all the shops, pubs and cafes.
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