[syn: rubber, no-good]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rubber \Rub"ber\, n.
1. One who, or that which, rubs. Specifically:
(a) An instrument or thing used in rubbing, polishing, or
(b) A coarse file, or the rough part of a file.
(c) A whetstone; a rubstone.
(d) An eraser, usually made of caoutchouc or a synthetic
(e) The cushion of an electrical machine.
(f) One who performs massage, especially in a Turkish
(g) Something that chafes or annoys; hence, something that
grates on the feelings; a sarcasm; a rub. --Thackeray.
2. In some games, as bridge or whist, the odd game, as the
third or the fifth, which decides the winner when there is
a tie between the players; as, to play the rubber; also, a
contest determined by the winning of two out of three
games; as, to play a rubber of whist. --Beaconsfield. "A
rubber of cribbage." --Dickens.
3. India rubber; caoutchouc; gum elastic; -- also called
[1913 Webster +PJC]
4. Any substance, whether natural or synthetic, resembling
India rubber with respect to its elasticity.
5. A low-cut overshoe made of natural or synthetic rubber,
serving to keep the feet and shoes dry when walking in the
rain or on a wet surface; -- usually used in the plural.
6. A condom. [Slang]
Antimony rubber, an elastic durable variety of vulcanized
caoutchouc of a red color. It contains antimony sulphide
as an important constituent.
Hard rubber, a kind of vulcanized caoutchouc which nearly
resembles horn in texture, rigidity, etc.
India rubber, caoutchouc. See Caoutchouc.
Rubber cloth, cloth covered with caoutchouc for excluding
water or moisture.
Rubber dam (Dentistry), a shield of thin sheet rubber
clasped around a tooth to exclude saliva from the tooth.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: returned for lack of funds; "a rubber check"; "a no-good
check" [syn: rubber, no-good]
n 1: 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 [syn:
rubber, natural rubber, India rubber, gum elastic,
2: any of various synthetic elastic materials whose properties
resemble natural rubber [syn: rubber, synthetic rubber]
3: an eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with
properties similar to rubber); commonly mounted at one end of
a pencil [syn: rubber eraser, rubber, pencil eraser]
4: contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or
latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse [syn:
condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylactic]
5: a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
[syn: arctic, galosh, golosh, rubber, gumshoe]
v 1: coat or impregnate with rubber; "rubberize fabric for rain
coats" [syn: rubberize, rubberise, rubber]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
124 Moby Thesaurus words for "rubber":
Buna, Butyl rubber, IUD, India rubber, Lastex, Paul Pry, ace, bag,
baleen, battledore, best bower, birth control device, blubber,
bower, breeze, butt-in, butter, caoutchouc, cards, caucho,
chewing gum, clay, clubs, cold rubber, condom, contraceptive,
contraceptive foam, crepe, crepe rubber, crude rubber, cushion,
deck, deuce, diamonds, diaphragm, dough, down, dummy, ebonite,
eiderdown, elastic, elastomer, eradicator, eraser, expunger,
face cards, feather bed, feathers, fleece, floss, flue, fluff,
flush, foam, full house, gum, gum elastic, hand, handball, hearts,
intermeddler, intrauterine device, jack, joker, jumping jack,
kapok, king, knave, latex, left bower, nose, oral contraceptive,
pack, pair, pessary, picture cards, pillow, playing cards, plush,
polyurethane rubber, prophylactic, pudding, puff, putty, queen,
quidnunc, racket, round, royal flush, rubber ball, rubber band,
rubberized, rubberlike, rubberneck, rubbery, ruff, satin,
silicone rubber, silk, singleton, skin, snoop, spades, spandex,
spermicidal jelly, spermicide, sponge, spring, springboard,
straight, stretch fabric, swansdown, synthetic rubber, the pill,
thistledown, trampoline, trey, trick, trump, velvet, wax,
whalebone, wool, zephyr