from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To pull up (weeds) by the roots.
  • transitive v. To clear (a field) of weeds.
  • transitive v. To strike (one's toe or foot) against something accidentally.
  • transitive v. To snuff out (a cigarette butt) by crushing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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.
  • transitive v. To grub up by the roots; to extirpate.
  • transitive v. To remove stubs from.
  • transitive v. To strike as the toes, against a stub, stone, or other fixed object.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)


Middle English stubbe, tree stump, from Old English stybb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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