What is another word for rubbing?

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Noun
Brass rubbing
Noun
The resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another
Noun
Pressure sores
Noun
The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain
Noun
Art technique
Noun
The act of applying or laying on a substance
Noun
An act or sound of scraping, grinding or grating
Noun
A sensual, though potentially inappropriate, act of touching someone
Adjective
Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding
Adjective
Scraping or wearing
Verb
Present participle for to make smooth, glossy or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding
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“She had different ointments to rub on and disinfectants to wash out cuts.”
Verb
Present participle for to wear away or cause damage through applied friction
“They shouldn't do this, though, because the fiberglass edges can rub on the skin and cause irritation.”
Verb
Present participle for to smooth by rubbing or applying friction
Verb
Present participle for to apply firm pressure to the surface of (something), using a repeated back and forth motion
“It is important not to just rub the skin over the area but to apply firm downward pressure with the thumb, knuckle or elbow.”
Verb
Present participle for to apply a (typically creamy or dusty) substance
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Present participle for to come into general physical contact with
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Present participle for to remove or take away
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(of writing) Present participle for to erase or strike out
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Present participle for to smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance
Verb
Present participle for to put a layer of (something) on a surface
Verb
Present participle for to move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way
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Present participle for to grind (one's teeth) in pain or in anger
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Present participle for to grind to a fine powder, to pulverize
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Present participle for to excite heat in by friction
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Present participle for touch or scrape lightly in passing
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Present participle for to touch with the lips or press the lips against, usually as a sign of affection
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