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Nub   /nəb/   Listen

A small lump or protuberance.  Synonym: nubble.
A small piece.  Synonym: stub.  "A stub of a pencil"
The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.  Synonyms: center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, sum.  "The heart and soul of the Republican Party" , "The nub of the story"

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"Nub" Quotes from Famous Books

... XVIIIth Dynasty. The second names of Antef III (Seshes-Ra-up-maat) and Antef IV (Seshes-Ra-her-her-maat) are exactly similar to those of the XIIIth Dynasty kings and quite unlike those of the Mentuheteps; also at Koptos a decree of Antef II (Nub-kheper-Ra) has been found inscribed on a doorway of Usertsen (Senusret) I; so that he cannot have preceded him. Prof. Petrie does not yet accept these conclusions, and classes all the Antefs together with the Mentuheteps in the XIth ...
— History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery • L.W. King and H.R. Hall

... guns, like birds o' feather always flock together" the gambler answered him drily, "This young feller wouldn't feel that he was gettin' any joy out o' life if he didn't tackle the nub end o' the deal. I'm layin' even money he comes up to ...
— The Long Chance • Peter B. Kyne

Words linked to "Nub" :   swelling, hump, quintessence, prominence, mental object, protrusion, hypostasis, bulge, protuberance, cognitive content, jut, bump, part, stuff, quiddity, gibbosity, extrusion, piece, content, haecceity, gibbousness, bare bones, excrescence

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