"rubbing" in the noun sense
1. friction, rubbing
the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another
representation consisting of a copy (as of an engraving) made by laying paper over something and rubbing it with charcoal
3. friction, detrition, rubbing
effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
"rubbing" in the verb sense
move over something with pressure
"rub my hands"
"rub oil into her skin"
2. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch
"my sweater scratches"
3. rub, scratch, itch
scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
"Don't scratch your insect bites!"
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