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rubber1

rub·ber1

rubber1

 
pronunciation:
ruh br
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a highly elastic solid made of dried and coagulated sap or latex from various tropical plants, esp. the rubber tree.
definition 2: this substance chemically treated and modified, as by vulcanizing, and used in tires, erasers, electric insulation, elastic bands, and the like.
definition 3: any of various synthetics resembling the natural substance or its products.
definition 4: (usu. pl.) an overshoe made of rubber; galoshes.
definition 5: in baseball, an oblong piece of rubber set in the pitcher's mound.
definition 6: one who rubs or gives a rubdown.
definition 7: (slang) a condom.
similar words:
safe
definition 8: (chiefly British) an object, usu. made of rubber or felt, that is used to erase writing or marks; eraser.
 
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: made of or with rubber.
derivation: rubberlike (adj.)
Word History
The elastic substance obtained from tropical plants acquired the name rubber in the 1700s because it was used to make erasers, which the British call "rubbers." Before that, "rubber" meant simply "a thing that rubs."
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