American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The usually short end remaining after something bigger has been used up: a pencil stub; a cigarette stub. See Regional Note at stob.
- n. Something cut short or arrested in development: a stub of a tail.
- n. The part of a check or receipt retained as a record.
- n. The part of a ticket returned as a voucher of payment.
- v. To pull up (weeds) by the roots.
- v. To clear (a field) of weeds.
- v. To strike (one's toe or foot) against something accidentally.
- v. To snuff out (a cigarette butt) by crushing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The end of a fallen tree, shrub, or plant remaining in the ground; a stump; now, especially, a short stump or projecting root of inconspicuous size.
- n. A projection like a stump; a piece or part of something sticking out: as, a dog with only a stub of a tail; the stub of a broken tooth.
- n. A short remaining piece of something; a terminal remnant: as, the stub of a pencil or of a cigar; a stub of candle.
- n. A worn horseshoe-nail; a stub-nail; specifically, in the plural, nails, or bits of iron of the quality of old horseshoe-nails, used as material for gun-barrels or other articles requiring great toughness.
- n. Something truncated, resembling a small stump, or constituting a terminal remnant. A blunt-pointed pen; a stub-pen.
- n. The inner end of one of the duplicate numbered blanks in a check-book or the like, which is left in the book with a memorandum corresponding to the check or other blank which is filled out and detached; counterfoil.
- n. Figuratively, a block: a blockhead.
- To grub up by the roots; pull or raise the stub of; pull or raise as a stub: as, to stub a tree; to Stub up roots.
- To clear of stubs; grub up stubs or roots from, as land.
- To make a stub of; cut to a stub; give a truncated or stubbed appearance to; truncate: as, to stub off a post or a quill pen.
- To ruin by extravagance.
- To strike against something projecting from a surface; stump: as, to stub one's foot.
- n. In railroading, any section or piece of track which ends at a station or a siding. The parallel tracks of the train-shed of a terminal station are stub-tracks.
- n. Something blunted, stunted, or cut short, such as stubble or a stump.
- n. A piece of certain paper items, designed to be torn off and kept for record or identification purposes.
- n. A page providing only minimal information and intended for later development.
- n. The remaining part of the docked tail of a dog
- n. An unequal first or last interest calculation period, as a part of a financial swap contract
- v. To remove most of a tree, bush, or other rooted plant by cutting it close to the ground.
- v. To remove a plant by pulling it out by the roots.
- v. To jam, hit, or bump, especially a toe.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The stump of a tree; that part of a tree or plant which remains fixed in the earth when the stem is cut down; -- applied especially to the stump of a small tree, or shrub.
- n. obsolete A log; a block; a blockhead.
- n. The short blunt part of anything after larger part has been broken off or used up; hence, anything short and thick.
- n. A part of a leaf in a check book, after a check is torn out, on which the number, amount, and destination of the check are usually recorded.
- n. A pen with a short, blunt nib.
- n. A stub nail; an old horseshoe nail; also, stub iron.
- v. To grub up by the roots; to extirpate.
- v. To remove stubs from.
- v. United States To strike as the toes, against a stub, stone, or other fixed object.
- v. clear of weeds by uprooting them
- n. a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt
- n. the part of a check that is retained as a record
- n. a small piece
- v. pull up (weeds) by their roots
- n. a short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost
- v. extinguish by crushing
- v. strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object
- n. the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
- From Middle English stubbe ("tree stump"), from Old English stybb ("tree stump") , from Proto-Germanic *stubjaz (compare Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teu-; compare steep ("sharp slope"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stubbe, tree stump, from Old English stybb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How much would a pristine ticket stub from a mooseyak event be worth in 100 yrs?”
“He taped a pay stub from the $4,000-a-year teaching job into his helmet and, "I used that as a motivation tool, to know I'd burned my bridges.”
“In all but a couple of cases, the issued stub is present.”
“I was particularly pleased to be featured in Analog, my late father's favorite magazine -- I still have the check stub from the gift subscription my father bought me when I was 13 (a year for $4.00).”
“Such code is sometimes called a stub, and is incorporated for the purposes of extensibility - extending the capabilities of the code later on.”
“But they cut my phone off anyway this afternoon, with no warning, and now I have to wait 48 hours after recieiving my fax with the paid stub from the bank before they'll turn it on.”
“Then I asked for a pencil (a stub is all they’ll give you) and some note paper (about 4 inches square is the size I got), and drew a surrealistic view of the sink.”
“Instead, start with a "stub" -- an article only a sentence or two long.”
“As for the halftime situation, I wonder if anybody’s checked to see if more people are remaining in the stadium because re-admittance on a ticket stub is no longer required?”
“There is the fixed-asset stub, which is a discount situation against a cash claim.”
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