Synonyms of rubbing


1. friction, rubbing, resistance

usage: the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another

2. rubbing, representation

usage: representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal

3. friction, detrition, rubbing, effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat

usage: effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure


1. rub, guide, run, draw, pass

usage: move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"

2. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch, touch, adjoin, meet, contact

usage: cause friction; "my sweater scratches"

3. rub, scratch, itch, irritate

usage: scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

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Definition and meaning of rubbing (Dictionary)