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Meaning of rubber by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɹʌbə/, X-SAMPA: /"r\Vb@/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɹʌbɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"r\Vb@`/
    • Rhymes: -ʌbə( r )

    Etymology 1

    In the sense of an eraser, rub +‎ -er; in the sense of pliable material, derived from the previous sense of eraser; the other senses derived from the pliable material sense .


    rubber ( usually uncountable; plural: rubbers )

    1. ( uncountable ) Pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene .
    2. ( uncountable, countable ) Synthetic materials with the same properties as natural rubber .
    3. ( countable, UK, Australian, Canada, New Zealand ) An eraser .
    4. ( countable, North America, slang ) A condom .
    5. ( slang, of a draft ( check ) ) Not covered by funds on account .
    6. ( countable ) Someone or something which rubs .
    7. ( countable, baseball ) The rectangular pad on the pitcher's mound from which the pitcher must pitch .
      Jones toes the rubber and then fires to the plate .
    8. ( North America, plural: ) Water resistant shoe covers, galoshes, overshoes .
      Johnny, don't forget your rubbers today .
    9. ( uncountable, slang ) Tires, particularly racing tires .
      Jones enters the pits to get new rubber .
    10. ( countable ) A series of games or contests, especially a match consisting of the best of a series of three games in bridge or whist.
    • ( condom ): see Wikisaurus:condom .
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    Etymology 2

    Origin unknown .


    rubber ( plural: rubbers )

    1. ( sports ) A series of an odd number of games or matches of which a majority must be won ( thus precluding a tie ) .
    2. ( sports ) A game or match played to break a tie .
    3. The game of rubber bridge .
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Red-Headed League
      "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I have not had my rubber." "I think you will find that you will play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and that the play will be more exciting."
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Explanation of rubber by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. coat or impregnate with rubber

    2. rubberize fabric for rain coats
    1. returned for lack of funds

    2. a rubber check
    1. a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow

    2. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

    3. an eraser made of rubber ( or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber )

    4. an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees ( especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus ) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products

    5. any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties resemble natural rubber