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 for rubbing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rub \Rub\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rubbed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Rubbing.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael.
     1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over
        its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the
        action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the
        flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper.
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              It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned,
              to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth. --Sir T.
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     2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and
        friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the
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     3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along
        a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.
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              Two bones rubbed hard against one another.
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     4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
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              The smoothed plank, . . .
              New rubbed with balm.                 --Milton.
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     5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse;
        -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.
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              The whole business of our redemption is to rub over
              the defaced copy of the creation.     --South.
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     6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart. [R.]
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              'T is the duke's pleasure,
              Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
              Will not be rubbed nor stopped.       --Shak.
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     To rub down.
        (a) To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a
        (b) To reduce or remove by rubbing; as, to rub down the
            rough points.
     To rub off, to clean anything by rubbing; to separate by
        friction; as, to rub off rust.
     To rub out, to remove or separate by friction; to erase; to
        obliterate; as, to rub out a mark or letter; to rub out a
     To rub up.
        (a) To burnish; to polish; to clean.
        (b) To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action; as, to rub
            up the memory.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rubbing \Rub"bing\,
     a. & n. from Rub, v.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the resistance encountered when one body is moved in
           contact with another [syn: friction, rubbing]
      2: representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made
         by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
      3: effort expended in moving one object over another with
         pressure [syn: friction, detrition, rubbing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "rubbing":
     apograph, brushing, carbon, carbon copy, caressing, companion,
     confrication, contacting, contingent, copy, dead ringer, double,
     duplicate, duplication, effigy, exact likeness, feeling, fellow,
     fiche, fingering, frication, fricative, friction, frictional,
     frottage, glancing, grazing, handling, hectography, icon, idol,
     image, impingent, impinging, in contact, likeness, living image,
     living picture, manifold, manipulation, match, mate, meeting,
     microcopy, microfiche, microform, mimeography, miniature,
     mirroring, model, nudging, osculatory, palpation, perfrication,
     petting, photograph, picture, portrait, pressure, recording,
     reduplication, reflection, reproduction, reprography, resemblance,
     rub, semblance, shadow, similitude, simulacrum, spit and image,
     spitting image, stroking, tangent, tangential, tenor, touching,
     trace, tracing, transcript, transcription, transfer, twin,
     very image, very picture, xerography

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