1. The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; called also hub or hob.

2. The navel.

Origin: AS. Nafu; akin to D. Naaf, G. Nabe, OHG. Naba, Icel. Nof, Dan. Nav, Sw. Naf, Skr. Nabhi nave and navel: cf. L. Umbo boss of a shield. 260. Cf. Navel.

(01 Mar 1998)

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