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[huhb-kap] /ˈhʌbˌkæp/
a removable cover for the center area of the exposed side of an automobile wheel, covering the axle.
1900-05; hub + cap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for hubcap
  • It ends with a close-up of a pin-up image mounted on a shiny hubcap.
  • The driver's rear tire is the only one with a distinctive, small, moon hubcap.
  • In ponds and lakes, bluegill spawn in such shallow areas that anglers can easily see their whitish hubcap-sized nests.
  • He points out the hubcap farm and the old auto garage with a bathtub full of rattlesnakes.
  • Thirty-first floor decoration based on radiator cap and hubcap designs.
  • Check with your district or company concerning policies and procedures for hubcap removal if required.
  • If you don't have a supply of antique metal spoke protector disks, use a hubcap, pie plate or whatever.
British Dictionary definitions for hubcap


a metal cap fitting onto the hub of a wheel, esp a stainless steel or chromium-plated one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hubcap

also hub cap, 1896, from hub + cap (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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