hub


hub
hub "solid center of a wheel," 1640s, perhaps from hubbe, originally "lump," the source of hob of a fireplace and HOBNAIL (Cf. hobnail), as in boots. A wheelwright's word, not generally known or used until c.1828; it reached wider currency in connection with bicycles. Meaning "center of interest or activity or importance" first recorded 1858 in writings of Oliver W. Holmes, and originally especially of Boston.
"Boston State-House is the hub of the solar system." [O.W. Holmes, "Autocrat of the Breakfast Table"]
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"[E]verybody knows that Boston used to be called the Hub, meaning the hub of the universe. It may still be the hub, because the center of a wheel moves slowly." [J.P. Marquand, "Life," March 24, 1941]

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of a wheel)


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  • Hub — bezeichnet: Hub (Mechanik), in der Mechanik eine lineare Bewegung Tidenhub, Wasserstandsänderungen bei den Gezeiten Frequenzhub, bei der Frequenzmodulation die Änderung der Trägerfrequenz Hub (Netzwerk) (engl.), ein Gerät zur Verbindung von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hub — generally means center or place , and may refer to: wiktionarypar|hubTechnical meanings* Bicycle hub, the central part of a bicycle wheel * Locking hubs, accessory on four wheel drive vehicles * Node (networking) in a computer network ** Network… …   Wikipedia

  • HUB — bezeichnet: in der Mechanik eine Bewegung, siehe Hub (Mechanik) Wasserstandsänderungen bei einer Tide, siehe Tidenhub bei der Frequenzmodulation die Änderung der Trägerfrequenz, siehe Frequenzhub ein Gerät zur Verbindung von Netzwerk Knoten im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hub — [hʌb] noun [countable] 1. COMMERCE a city or country where there is a lot of business activity because it is central in relation to other places, there are good communications etc: • The city has become a hub for Asian markets and a financial… …   Financial and business terms

  • hub — hub·bard; hub·bell·ite; hub·ber; hub·bite; hub·ble; hub·ble·shew; hub·bly; hub·bub; hub·bu·boo; hub·by; hub; hub·ba·boo; hub·ble·show; …   English syllables

  • Hub — (h[u^]b), n. [See 1st {Hob}.] 1. The central part, usually cylindrical, of a wheel; the nave. See Illust. of {Axle box}. [1913 Webster] 2. The hilt of a weapon. Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 3. A rough protuberance or projecting obstruction; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hub — Hub, hubs, HUB, HUBS, es un anglicismo, puede referirse a: Contenido 1 Máquinas simples 2 Comunicaciones 3 Transporte 4 Lugares …   Wikipedia Español

  • HUB’as — Bendroji  informacija Rūšis: naujai skolinta santrumpa Kalbos dalis: daiktavardis Rašybos variantai:HUBas. Kilmė: anglų, « hub „veiklos centras“. Pateikta: 2014 09 10. Atnaujinta: 2014 09 12. Reikšmė ir vartosena Apibrėžtis: vieta, kurioje dirba… …   Lietuvių kalbos naujažodžių duomenynas

  • hub — /hub/, n., v., hubbed, hubbing. n. 1. the central part of a wheel, as that part into which the spokes are inserted. 2. the central part or axle end from which blades or spokelike parts radiate on various devices, as on a fan or propeller. 3. a… …   Universalium

  • Hub — tiene varios significados, según el contexto en el cual es empleado: 1. En inglés hub es el centro de una rueda, en el que coinciden los radios y donde se encuentra el eje. El término se utiliza internacionalmente para identificar sistemas que… …   Enciclopedia Universal


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