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nub

[nuhb] /nʌb/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; < Low German, Middle Low German knubbe; cf. knob
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British Dictionary definitions for nubs

nub

/nʌb/
noun
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
Derived Forms
nubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of knub, from Middle Low German knubbeknob
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Word Origin and History for nubs
nub
1594, variant of dialectal knub, probably a variant of knob. Figurative meaning "point, gist" first recorded 1834.
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