1. A rubbing is a picture that you make by putting a piece of paper over a carved surface and then rubbing wax or chalk over it. a brass rubbing. see also rub. a copy of a shape or pattern made by rubbing wax, chalk etc onto a piece of paper laid over it
Rubbing alcohol is a liquid which is used to clean wounds or surgical instruments. A mixture usually consisting of 70 percent isopropyl or absolute alcohol, applied externally to relieve muscle and joint pain. a type of alcohol used for cleaning wounds or skin British Equivalent: surgical spirit
(Otomotiv) A polish that contains abrasives harsh enough to remove layers of "dead" paint. Useful in radical restoration procedures, rubbing compounds should not be used on new cars or those with delicate finishes
If something you are wearing or holding rubs, it makes you sore because it keeps moving backwards and forwards against your skin. Smear cream on to your baby's skin at the edges of the plaster to prevent it from rubbing
Rub is used in expressions such as there's the rub and the rub is when you are mentioning a difficulty that makes something hard or impossible to achieve. `What do you want to write about?'. And there was the rub, because I didn't yet know
If you rub an object or a surface, you move a cloth backward and forward over it in order to clean or dry it. She took off her glasses and rubbed them hard He rubbed and rubbed but couldn't seem to get clean
If you rub shoulders with famous people, you meet them and talk to them. You can also say that you rub elbows with someone, especially in American English. He regularly rubbed shoulders with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Kylie Minogue
If you rub a substance into a surface or rub something such as dirt from a surface, you spread it over the surface or remove it from the surface using your hand or something such as a cloth. He rubbed oil into my back
If you rub against a surface or rub a part of your body against a surface, you move it backwards and forwards while pressing it against the surface. A cat was rubbing against my leg He kept rubbing his leg against mine
If you rub a part of your body, you move your hand or fingers backwards and forwards over it while pressing firmly. He rubbed his arms and stiff legs `I fell in a ditch', he said, rubbing at a scrape on his hand
If you rub two things together or if they rub together, they move backwards and forwards, pressing against each other. He rubbed his hands together a few times. the 650-mile rift that separates the Pacific and North American geological plates as they rub together
To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper
If you rub someone up the wrong way in British English, or rub someone the wrong way in American English, you offend or annoy them without intending to. What are you going to get out of him if you rub him up the wrong way? = annoy
the act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub" move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin" cause friction; "my sweater scratches" scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!
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