nub nub  /ˈnəb/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a small lump or protuberance
  2. (n) a small piece
  3. (n) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Usage(s):

  • But that's not the nub of it either.

News

  • Bird bits: Pacific wren - a loud-mouthed, stubby, brown bird

    In actuality, the Pacific wren is a tiny, deliciously vocal lollipop, a 0.3-ounce glob of exquisitely subtle feathers, measuring three to four inches in length with five- to six-inch wingspan. Its nub of a tail is often cocked upright.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Juneau Empire

Quotes

  1. "When you watched her work - relentless on the phone, gnawing her fingernails to the nub, a perfectionist on the keyboard - you'd think: a workhorse, not a showhorse," said Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times. "Then you'd read...
    on Dec 12, 2008 By: Bill Keller Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "This president is further and further removed from the economic realities of this nation. To veto this bill at a time when housing is at the nub of our economic crisis, at a time when housing prices are declining, at a time when foreclosures are...
    on Jun 21, 2008 By: Charles Schumer Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I do think there should be some international discussion and arms control on these weapons but there's absolutely none," said Prof Sharkey. "The military have a strange view of artificial intelligence based on science fiction. The nub of it...
    on Aug 3, 2009 By: Noel Sharkey Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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