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rub·ber 1

 (rŭb′ər)
n.
1. A yellowish, amorphous, elastic material, composed almost entirely of an isoprene polymer, obtained from the milky sap or latex of various tropical plants, especially the rubber tree, and vulcanized, pigmented, finished, and modified into products such as electric insulation, elastic bands and belts, tires, and containers. Also called caoutchouc, India rubber.
2. Any of numerous synthetic elastic materials of varying chemical composition with properties similar to those of natural rubber; an elastomer.
3. A low overshoe made of rubber.
4. Baseball The rectangular piece of hard rubber that the pitcher must remain in contact with when making a pitch.
5. Something made of rubber, as:
a. An eraser.
b. A tire.
c. A set of tires on a vehicle.
6. Slang A condom.
7. One that rubs, especially one that gives a massage.
Idiom:
where the rubber meets the road
Where the practical reality or crucial test is: "The sales effort is where the rubber meets the road in every competitive business" (Brian Tracy).

[From rub.]

rub·ber 2

 (rŭb′ər)
n.
1. A series of games of which two out of three or three out of five must be won to terminate the play.
2. An odd game played to break a tie.

[Origin unknown.]

rubber

(ˈrʌbə)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) Also called: India rubber, gum elastic or caoutchouc a cream to dark brown elastic material obtained by coagulating and drying the latex from certain plants, esp the tree Hevea brasiliensis
2. (Elements & Compounds) any of a large variety of elastomers produced by improving the properties of natural rubber or by synthetic means
3. chiefly Brit a piece of rubber or felt used for erasing something written, typed, etc; eraser
4. (Tools) a coarse file
5. a cloth, pad, etc, used for polishing or buffing
6. a person who rubs something in order to smooth, polish, or massage
7. (Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) chiefly US and Canadian a rubberized waterproof article, such as a mackintosh or overshoe
8. slang a male contraceptive; condom
9. (Elements & Compounds) (modifier) made of or producing rubber: a rubber ball; a rubber factory.
[C17: from rub + -er1; the tree was so named because its product was used for rubbing out writing]

rubber

(ˈrʌbə)
n
1. (Bridge) bridge whist
a. a match of three games
b. the deal that wins such a match
2. (General Sporting Terms) a series of matches or games in any of various sports
[C16: origin unknown]

rub•ber1

(ˈrʌb ər)

n.
1. a highly elastic solid substance, light cream or dark amber in color, polymerized by the drying and coagulation of the latex or milky juice of rubber trees and plants, esp. of the Hevea and Ficus species.
2. a material made by chemically treating and toughening this substance, used in the manufacture of electrical insulation, elastic bands, tires, and other products.
3. any of various similar substances and materials made synthetically.
4. an eraser of this material.
5. a low overshoe of this material.
7. an instrument or tool used for rubbing, polishing, scraping, etc.
8. a person who rubs something.
9. a person who gives massages.
10. Baseball. an oblong piece of white rubber or other material embedded in the pitcher's mound.
11. Slang. a condom.
adj.
12. made of, containing, or coated with rubber.

rub•ber2

(ˈrʌb ər)

n.
1. (in bridge) a series or round played until one side has won two out of three games.
2. Also called rub′ber match`. a deciding contest when a competition is tied.
[1585–95]

rub·ber

(rŭb′ər)
1. An elastic material prepared from the milky sap of certain tropical plants, especially the rubber tree, and used after processing in a great variety of products, including electric insulation and tires.
2. Any of various synthetic materials having properties that are similar to those of this substance.

rubber

  • awareness band, awareness bracelet - An awareness band or awareness bracelet is made of rubber or fabric on which a slogan is written, usually sold to raise awareness for charitable causes.
  • Macintosh - A raincoat, named for Charles Macintosh (Scottish inventor, 1766-1843), who discovered how to waterproof fabric with rubber.
  • rubber - In the sense of the latex of the rubber plant, it is so called because you can rub out pencil marks with it, not the other way around.
  • amorphous - Something amorphous has no real shape or is irregularly shaped—like pudding; an amorphous solid lacks the perfect ordered structure of crystals. Other examples are glass, polymers, and rubber.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rubber - an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of productsrubber - an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products
foam rubber - spongy rubber; made by introducing air bubbles before vulcanization and used for cushioning or upholstery
latex - a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air
crepe rubber - crude natural rubber; used mainly for shoe soles
cold rubber - a rubber made at low temperatures (5 degrees Centigrade) which is tougher than conventional rubber and is often used in car tires
ebonite, hard rubber, vulcanite - a hard nonresilient rubber formed by vulcanizing natural rubber
Para rubber - a type of natural rubber obtained from tropical South American trees
2.rubber - any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties resemble natural rubberrubber - any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties resemble natural rubber
synthetic, synthetic substance - a compound made artificially by chemical reactions
silicone rubber - made from silicone elastomers; retains flexibility resilience and tensile strength over a wide temperature range
neoprene - a synthetic rubber that is resistant to oils and aging; used in waterproof products
buna, buna rubber - made by polymerizing butadiene
butyl rubber - synthetic rubber made by polymerizing isobutylene
3.rubber - an eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber)rubber - an eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber); commonly mounted at one end of a pencil
eraser - an implement used to erase something
pencil - a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
4.rubber - contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourserubber - contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
5.rubber - a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snowrubber - a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
overshoe - footwear that protects your shoes from water or snow or cold
Verb1.rubber - coat or impregnate with rubber; "rubberize fabric for rain coats"
coat, surface - put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface; "coat the cake with chocolate"
Adj.1.rubber - returned for lack of funds; "a rubber check"; "a no-good check"
banking - transacting business with a bank; depositing or withdrawing funds or requesting a loan etc.
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
Translations
حَلَقَة مَطّاطيَّه للرَّبْطمَطّاطمـطَّاطمـِمْحَاةمِمْحاه
gumagumičkakaučukkondompryž
gummiviskelædergummi-elastik
kumipyyhekumikalossi
gumagumica
gumi óvszer
gúmmístrokleîur
ゴム消しゴム合成ゴム
고무지우개
antspaudasgumaguminė juostelėguminisgumytė
dzēšgumijagumijagumijas gredzentiņšprezervatīvs
prezervatív
gumaradirka
gummiradergummi
ยางยางลบ
silgikauçuklastiklâstiklâstik bant
cao sucục gôm

rubber

1 [ˈrʌbəʳ]
A. N
1. (= material) → goma f, caucho m, hule m (LAm), jebe m (Col, Peru)
2. (Brit) (= eraser) → goma f de borrar
3. (esp US) (= condom) → condón m, goma f
4. (Mech etc) → paño m de pulir
B. CPD [ball, dinghy, gloves, boots] → de goma
rubber band Ngoma f, gomita f
rubber boots NPL (US) → botas fpl de agua, botas fpl altas de goma
rubber bullet Nbala f de goma
rubber cement Nadhesivo m de goma
rubber cheque N (Brit) → cheque m sin fondos
rubber dinghy Nlancha f neumática
rubber gloves NPLguantes mpl de goma
rubber goods NPLartículos mpl de goma
rubber industry Nindustria f del caucho, industria f cauchera
rubber plant Nficus m inv
rubber plantation Ncauchal m
rubber raft Nbalsa f neumática
rubber ring N (for swimming) → flotador m
rubber solution Ndisolución f de goma
rubber stamp Nestampilla f de goma
see also rubber-stamp rubber tree Nárbol m gomero or de caucho

rubber

2 [ˈrʌbəʳ] N (Cards) → partida f

rubber

[ˈrʌbər]
n
(= substance) → caoutchouc m
(British) (= eraser) → gomme f, gomme f à effacer
Can I borrow your rubber? → Je peux emprunter ta gomme?
(US) (= condom) → capote f
adj [ball, heel, sole, hose] → en caoutchouc
rubber soles → des semelles en caoutchoucrubber band nélastique mrubber boots npl (US)bottes fpl en caoutchoucrubber bullet nballe f en caoutchoucrubber cheque nchèque m en bois rubber gloves nplgants mpl en caoutchouc

rubber

:
rubber band
nGummiband nt
rubber boat
nSchlauchboot nt
rubber boot
n (US) → Gummistiefel m
rubber bullet
nGummi(wucht)geschoss nt
rubber coating
nGummierung f
rubber dinghy
nSchlauchboot nt

rubber

:
rubberneck (esp US inf)
nGaffer(in) m(f) (inf)
vigaffen (inf)
rubber plant
nGummibaum m
rubber plantation
rubber stamp
nStempel m
rubber-stamp
vt (lit)stempeln; (fig inf)genehmigen
rubber tree
rubber-tyred
adjmit Gummireifen

rubber

1
n (= material)Gummi m; (unprocessed, synthetic also) → Kautschuk m (spec); (Brit: = eraser) → (Radier)gummi m; (esp US sl: = contraceptive) → Gummi m (inf); rubbers (= shoes)Turnschuhe pl; (= overshoes)(Gummi)überschuhe pl; (= clothing)Ölzeug nt
adjGummi-; rubber goodsGummiwaren; is that a rubber cheque (Brit) or check (US)? (inf)platzt der Scheck? (inf)

rubber

2
n (Cards) → Rubber m, → Robber m

rubber

1 [ˈrʌbəʳ]
1. n (material) → gomma, caucciù m; (eraser) → gomma (da cancellare)
2. adj (ball, dinghy, gloves) → di gomma

rubber

2 [ˈrʌbəʳ] n (Bridge) → rubber m inv

rubber

(ˈrabə) noun
1. (also adjective) (of) a strong elastic substance made from the juice of certain plants (especially the rubber tree), or an artificial substitute for this. Tyres are made of rubber; rubber boots.
2. (also eˈraser) a piece of rubber used to rub out pencil etc marks. a pencil, a ruler and a rubber.
3. (slang) a condom.
4. a rubber band.
ˈrubbery adjective
like rubber.
rubber band
an elastic band.
rubber stamp
an instrument with rubber figures, letters etc which is used to stamp a name, date etc on books or papers.

rubber

مـطَّاط, مـِمْحَاة guma gummi, viskelæder Gummi, Radiergummi γόμα, ελαστικό goma kumi, pyyhekumi caoutchouc, gomme guma, gumica gomma ゴム, 消しゴム 고무, 지우개 gum, rubber gummi, viskelær guma, gumka do mazania borracha ластик, резина gummi, radergummi ยาง, ยางลบ lastik, silgi cao su, cục gôm 橡皮

rub·ber

n. goma;
___ bulbperilla de ___;
___ glovesguantes de ___.

rubber

n goma, caucho, hule m; (fam, condom) condón m, preservativo
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