The vs. Rub - What's the difference?

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  • The

    The (listen) is a grammatical article in English, denoting persons or things already mentioned, under discussion, implied or otherwise presumed familiar to listeners or readers. It is the only definite article in English. The is the most commonly used word in the English language, accounting for seven percent of all words. It is derived from gendered articles in Old English which combined in Middle English and now has a single form used with pronouns of either genders. The word can be used with both singular and plural nouns and with a noun that starts with any letter. This is different from many other languages which have different forms of the definite article for different genders or numbers.

Wiktionary

  • The (adverb)

    1=With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.

    "The hotter the better."

    "The more I think about it, the weaker it looks."

    "The more money donated, the more books purchased, and the more happy children."

    "It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it."

  • The (adverb)

    1=With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated with none.

    "It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it."

    "It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it."

    "I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that."

  • Rub (noun)

    An act of rubbing.

    "Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out"

  • Rub (noun)

    A difficulty or problem.

  • Rub (noun)

    In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.

  • Rub (noun)

    Any substance designed to be applied by rubbing.

    "a heat rub intended for muscular strains"

  • Rub (verb)

    To move (one object) while maintaining contact with another object over some area, with pressure and friction.

    "I rubbed the cloth over the glass."

    "The cat rubbed itself against my leg."

    "I rubbed my hands together for warmth."

  • Rub (verb)

    To rub something against (a second thing).

    "I rubbed the glass with the cloth."

  • Rub (verb)

    To be rubbed against something.

    "My shoes are beginning to rub."

  • Rub (verb)

    To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.

    "meat rubbed with spices before barbecuing"

  • Rub (verb)

    To move or pass with difficulty.

    "to rub through woods, as huntsmen"

  • Rub (verb)

    To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up or over.

    "to rub up silver"

  • Rub (verb)

    To hinder; to cross; to thwart.

Oxford Dictionary

  • The (determiner)

    denoting one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge

    "call the doctor"

    "the phone rang"

    "what's the matter?"

  • The (determiner)

    used to refer to a person, place, or thing that is unique

    "the Mona Lisa"

    "the Queen"

    "the Nile"

  • The (determiner)

    denoting a disease or affliction

    "I've got the flu"

  • The (determiner)

    (with a unit of time) the present; the current

    "dish of the day"

    "man of the moment"

  • The (determiner)

    used instead of a possessive to refer to someone with whom the speaker or person addressed is associated

    "I'm meeting the boss"

    "how's the family?"

  • The (determiner)

    used with a surname to refer to a family or married couple

    "the Johnsons were not wealthy"

  • The (determiner)

    used before the surname of the chief of a Scottish or Irish clan

    "the O'Donoghue"

  • The (determiner)

    used to point forward to a following qualifying or defining clause or phrase

    "the fuss that he made of her"

    "the top of a bus"

    "I have done the best I could"

  • The (determiner)

    (chiefly with rulers and family members with the same name) used after a name to qualify it

    "Edward the Confessor"

    "George the Sixth"

    "Jack the Ripper"

  • The (determiner)

    used to make a generalized reference to something rather than identifying a particular instance

    "I worry about the future"

    "he taught himself to play the violin"

  • The (determiner)

    used with a singular noun to indicate that it represents a whole species or class

    "they placed the African elephant on their endangered list"

  • The (determiner)

    used with an adjective to refer to those people who are of the type described

    "the unemployed"

  • The (determiner)

    used with an adjective to refer to something of the class or quality described

    "they are trying to accomplish the impossible"

  • The (determiner)

    used with the name of a unit to state a rate

    "they can do 120 miles to the gallon"

    "35p in the pound"

  • The (determiner)

    enough of (a particular thing)

    "he hoped to publish monthly, if only he could find the money"

  • The (determiner)

    (pronounced stressing ‘the’) used to indicate that someone or something is the best known or most important of that name or type

    "he was the hot young piano prospect in jazz"

  • The (determiner)

    used adverbially with comparatives to indicate how one amount or degree of something varies in relation to another

    "the more she thought about it, the more devastating it became"

  • The (determiner)

    used to emphasize the amount or degree to which something is affected

    "commodities made all the more desirable by their rarity"

  • Rub (verb)

    apply firm pressure to the surface of (something), using a repeated back and forth motion

    "she rubbed her arm, where she had a large bruise"

    "he rubbed at the earth on his jeans"

  • Rub (verb)

    move (one's hand, a cloth, or another object) back and forth against a surface

    "he rubbed a finger round the rim of his mug"

  • Rub (verb)

    apply (ointment, polish, or a similar substance) with a back and forth motion

    "she took out her suncream and rubbed some on her nose"

  • Rub (verb)

    make dry, clean, or smooth by rubbing

    "she found a towel and began rubbing her hair"

    "I rubbed myself dry"

  • Rub (verb)

    work an ingredient into (a mixture) by breaking and blending it with firm movements of one's fingers

    "sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the fat"

  • Rub (verb)

    reproduce the design of (a sepulchral brass or a stone) by rubbing paper laid on it with coloured wax, pencil, or chalk, etc.

    "he was rubbing an old brass"

  • Rub (verb)

    (with reference to two things) move or cause to move to and fro against each other with a certain amount of friction

    "many insects make noises by rubbing parts of their bodies together"

    "the ice breaks into small floes that rub against each other"

  • Rub (verb)

    (of shoes or other hard items in contact with the skin) cause pain through friction

    "badly fitting shoes can rub painfully"

  • Rub (verb)

    (of a bowl) be slowed or diverted by the unevenness of the ground.

  • Rub (noun)

    an act of rubbing

    "she pulled out a towel and gave her head a quick rub"

  • Rub (noun)

    an ointment designed to be rubbed on the skin to ease pain

    "a muscle rub"

  • Rub (noun)

    the central problem or difficulty in a situation

    "that was the rub—she had not cared enough"

  • Rub (noun)

    (in bowling) an uneven patch of ground that impedes or diverts a bowl.

Webster Dictionary

  • The (verb)

    See Thee.

  • The (adjective)

    A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning.

  • The (adverb)

    By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; - used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform.

  • Rub

    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.

  • Rub

    To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground.

  • Rub

    To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.

  • Rub

    To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.

  • Rub

    To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; - often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.

  • Rub

    To hinder; to cross; to thwart.

  • Rub (verb)

    To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost.

  • Rub (verb)

    To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore.

  • Rub (verb)

    To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world.

  • Rub (noun)

    The act of rubbing; friction.

  • Rub (noun)

    That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch.

  • Rub (noun)

    Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness.

  • Rub (noun)

    Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub.

  • Rub (noun)

    Imperfection; failing; fault.

  • Rub (noun)

    A chance.

  • Rub (noun)

    A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; - called also rubstone.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Rub (noun)

    an unforeseen obstacle

  • Rub (noun)

    the act of rubbing or wiping;

    "he gave the hood a quick rub"

  • Rub (verb)

    move over something with pressure;

    "rub my hands"

    "rub oil into her skin"

  • Rub (verb)

    cause friction;

    "my sweater scratches"

  • Rub (verb)

    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching;

    "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

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