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nub

 
Noun nub has 3 senses
  1. nub, nubble - a small lump or protuberance
    --1 is a kind of bulge, bump, hump, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence
  2. nub, stub - a small piece; "a nub of coal"; "a stub of a pencil"
    --2 is a kind of part, piece
    --2 has particulars: nubbin
  3. kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
    --3 is a kind of content, cognitive content, mental object
    --3 has particulars:
     bare bones; hypostasis; quiddity, haecceity; quintessence; stuff
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