3. India rubber; caoutchouc.
4. An overshoe made of India rubber. [Colloq.]
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.
(Rub"bidge) n. Rubbish. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(Rub"bing), a. & n. from Rub, v.
(Rub"bish) n. [OE. robows, robeux, rubble, originally an Old French plural from an assumed
dim. of robe, probably in the sense of trash; cf. It. robaccia trash, roba stuff, goods, wares, robe. Thus,
etymologically rubbish is the pl. of rubble. See Robe, and cf. Rubble.] Waste or rejected matter; anything
worthless; valueless stuff; trash; especially, fragments of building materials or fallen buildings; ruins; débris.
What rubbish and what offal!Shak.
he saw the town's one half in rubbish lie.Dryden. Rubbish pulley. See Gin block, under Gin.
(Rub"bish) a. Of or pertaining to rubbish; of the quality of rubbish; trashy. De Quincey.