nubs

nub

[nuhb]
noun
1.
the point, gist, or heart of something.
2.
a knob or protuberance.
3.
a lump or small piece: a nub of coal; a nub of pencil.
4.
a small mass of fibers produced on a card, dyed brilliant colors, and introduced into yarn during the spinning process.
Also, knub.


Origin:
1585–95; < Low German, Middle Low German knubbe; cf. knob

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nub (nʌb)
 
n
1.  a small lump or protuberance
2.  a small piece or chunk
3.  the point or gist: the nub of a story
4.  a small fibrous knot in yarn
 
[C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbeknob]
 
'nubbly
 
adj

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nub
1594, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.
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