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stub1

[stuhb] /stʌb/
noun
1.
a short projecting part.
2.
a short remaining piece, as of a pencil, candle, or cigar.
3.
(in a checkbook, receipt book, etc.) the inner end of each leaf, for keeping a record of the content of the part filled out and torn away.
4.
the returned portion of a ticket.
5.
the end of a fallen tree, shrub, or plant left fixed in the ground; stump.
6.
something having a short, blunt shape, especially a short-pointed, blunt pen.
7.
8.
something having the look of incomplete or stunted growth, as a horn of an animal.
9.
Bridge. a part-score.
verb (used with object), stubbed, stubbing.
10.
to strike accidentally against a projecting object:
I stubbed my toe against the step.
11.
to extinguish the burning end of (a cigarette or cigar) by crushing it against a solid object (often followed by out):
He stubbed out the cigarette in the ashtray.
12.
to clear of stubs, as land.
13.
to dig up by the roots; grub up (roots).
Origin of stub1
1000
before 1000; (noun) Middle English stubb(e), Old English stubb tree stump; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbi; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump; (v.) late Middle English stubben to dig up by the roots, clear stumps from (land), derivative of the noun
Related forms
stubber, noun

stub2

[stuhb] /stʌb/
adjective
1.
stocky; squat.
Origin
First recorded in 1705-15; special use of stub1
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Examples from the Web for stub
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  • The ground is frozen hard; we stub our toes on the frozen ruts in the road.

  • There was nothing left of the fingers but the stub of one, and the thumb!

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • Clean the stub of the post thoroughly and also clean the inside of the post builder.

  • He took the stub of a lead pencil from the pocket of his shirt.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • When you stub your toe while walking, you tend to fall forward.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • When you stub your toe, you have to run forward to keep from falling.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • His stub of a tail jerked spasmodically, in its struggle to wag.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Cheyenne pinched out the fire in his cigarette and flipped the stub away from him.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for stub

stub

/stʌb/
noun
1.
a short piece remaining after something has been cut, removed, etc: a cigar stub
2.
the residual piece or section of a receipt, ticket, cheque, etc
3.
(US & Canadian) the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc, detached and retained as a record of the transaction Also called (in Britain) counterfoil
4.
any short projection or blunted end
5.
the stump of a tree or plant
verb (transitive) stubs, stubbing, stubbed
6.
to strike (one's toe, foot, etc) painfully against a hard surface
7.
(usually foll by out) to extinguish (a cigarette or cigar) by pressing the end against a surface
8.
to clear (land) of stubs
9.
to dig up (the roots) of (a tree or bush)
Word Origin
Old English stubb; related to Old Norse stubbi, Middle Dutch stubbe, Greek stupos stem, stump
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Contemporary definitions for stub
noun

a Web page providing only minimal information and intended for later development

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A stub is a placeholder to which other contributors may build upon, as in Wikipedia.

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Word Origin and History for stub
n.

Old English stybb "stump of a tree," from Proto-Germanic *stubjaz (cf. Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from PIE root *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Extended in Middle English to other short, thick things. The verb sense of "strike (one's toe) against" something is first recorded 1848. Meaning "to extinguish a cigarette" is from 1927. Related: Stubbed; stubbing.

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