Definition of stub in English:

stub

noun

  • 1The truncated remnant of a pencil, cigarette, or similar-shaped object after use.

    ‘the ashtray was full of stubs’
    ‘a pencil stub’
    ‘the stub of a candle’
    • ‘Her thoughts stopped abruptly when someone poked her in the back of her shoulder with the stub of a pencil eraser.’
    • ‘At the village hall a new cigarette stub receptacle was smashed and rubbish bins destroyed.’
    • ‘He rose, and found the stub of a slender blue dinner candle about four inches long.’
    • ‘When Amiry was writing her script, her husband hoarded her pencil stubs, revealing his secret stash in Medium of Love.’
    • ‘Tommy flicked the stub overboard and raised a brow.’
    • ‘I filled out the application sheet with a pencil stub - an émigré from a miniature golf course.’
    • ‘The whole class stopped, their eyes on me, and the teacher turned away from the board and pointed a short stub of blackboard chalk at me.’
    • ‘‘Not everyone carrying a pencil stub and a piece of paper is a journalist.’’
    • ‘Finally he pulled out the piece of paper and stub of a pencil.’
    • ‘Working by candlelight with the stub of his last pencil, he finally achieved the transformation of a humble o into the majestic 0.’
    • ‘Are there any others out there who find comfort in the stub of pencil on a string and other mildly eccentric aspects of elections past?’
    • ‘Firefighters said the man had emptied his cigarette stubs into a bin without checking if they were alight or not.’
    • ‘She flicked the cigarette stub into the night.’
    • ‘Then she took out a piece of paper and a stub of a pencil.’
    • ‘Or are they expecting to find a signature or a footprint or a cigarette stub?’
    • ‘She hates the millions of cigarette stubs in the sand, but says the water's ‘just lovely’.’
    • ‘The stub of cigar jutting from his mouth glowed like a malevolent LED.’
    • ‘The coffee table was still littered with books and stubs of candles burnt right down to the core.’
    • ‘He removed a stub of a pencil and stick of gum from his pants pocket.’
    • ‘To assemble it, you put the pencil stub into the hole of the spool and stuck the pin straight up in the middle of the eraser.’
    butt, end, tail end, remnant
    stump, remnant, end, tail end, remains
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    1. 1.1 A truncated or unusually short thing.
      ‘he wagged his little stub of tail’
      • ‘We mapped the location of exposed branch stubs and branch scars on each stem.’
      • ‘Deb harvests cuttings from her potted succulents, leaving short stubs of stem that can be poked through the wreath's outer layer of moss.’
      • ‘A Siamese had only a stub of a tail, a short-haired spotted cat walked strangely, with only three legs.’
      • ‘The dog turned its head, wagged its stub of a tail.’
      • ‘The rest of his body was almost all wolf, though his feet - his hind paws - were still shrinking, and his tail was little more than a stub.’
      • ‘She took off with the black dog close behind with her little stub of a tail the only thing that he could reach.’
      • ‘The rope that she had wrapped about her after she had untied the two sheep, had caught on a short broken stub of a branch.’
      • ‘Her heart went out to the old man, his stubs of knees settled atop a crudely-made mat of old newspapers and cloth.’
      • ‘The dog is described as a black and tan Rottweiler-type, with a fluffy coat and a stub tail.’
      • ‘Don't cut branches flush to the trunk, and don't leave stubs.’
      • ‘Don't leave stubs; cut just above side branches that you want to grow.’
      • ‘Roger was a shy, sweet Jewish boy with very short black hair, a little stub of a beard and pierced ears.’
      • ‘The second cut should be outside the first cut, all the way through the branch, leaving a short stub.’
    2. 1.2as modifier Denoting a projection or hole that goes only part of the way through a surface.
      ‘a stub tenon’
      • ‘Two stub walls with ample storage for china and linens loosely define the seating and dining areas.’
      • ‘The massive columns were delivered to the site with stub pieces prewelded to them, and the steel beams were bolted to those stubs.’
      • ‘Is there a minimum or maximum stub length required for Y cables?’
      • ‘The rocker arms are roller tipped and ride on needle bearings mounted on individual stub shafts.’
  • 2The counterfoil of a cheque, receipt, ticket, or other document.

    ‘retain your ticket stubs’
    ‘he drew out his chequebook and checked the stubs’
    • ‘Ticket stubs are now hot collector's items, with many fetching unheard-of prices.’
    • ‘He nodded, handing me our ticket stubs and passports back.’
    • ‘Fans will also have to retain ticket stubs during the game to ensure that they are in the correct seats.’
    • ‘Ticket stubs and star-gazing are her real-life drama.’
    • ‘Individual ticket buyers and holders of ticket stubs will have three weeks beginning Aug.8 to submit claims.’
    • ‘The INS recommends that tourists bring hotel receipts and ticket stubs from sightseeing destinations and transportation.’
    • ‘The required documents are a proof of address and welfare or cheque stub.’
    • ‘Coverslips were then coated with gold and attached to an SEM stub with tape or rubber cement before SEM scanning.’
    • ‘Anyone who has a ticket for the show should hold on to their ticket stub and they will gain entry.’
    • ‘I remember the date because I still have the ticket stub from the game.’
    • ‘Neither of them would blink an eye at my check stubs or grocery lists.’
    • ‘A start to this second approach is no further than a pay stub away.’
    • ‘He told me to go into one of his drawers and get out one of his check stubs.’
    • ‘How on earth am I going to keep myself from losing the ticket stub?’
    • ‘In part, that's because too many of us still find ourselves holding the short end of the pay stub.’
    • ‘Similarly, a move to online employee pay stubs saved about $2 million.’
    • ‘Many people use their final pay stub to come up with an estimate.’
    • ‘Keep receipts, cheque stubs, credit card statements or similar proof of purchase.’
    • ‘Don't let anything that's not acid-free, such as ticket stubs, touch your photos.’
    • ‘You can use ticket stubs or ribbons or receipts or photos or envelopes or napkins to mark your place in books.’
    counterfoil, ticket slip, detachable portion, coupon, tab, receipt
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Accidentally strike (one's toe) against something.

    ‘I stubbed my toe, swore, and tripped’
    • ‘While she's running, she stubs her toe and falls to the ground.’
    • ‘In fact, my most useful contribution was stopping Ian from swearing when he stubbed his toe in the vestry.’
    • ‘Amy cried out as she accidentally stubbed her toe on one of the wooden bedposts.’
    • ‘Simple hurts like stubbing his toe or getting a paper cut throbbed for hours.’
    • ‘That day played vividly in his mind as he walked along, stubbing his toe occasionally on the uneven path.’
    • ‘Fiona, who had been busy watching her bandaged legs to avoid stubbing her toes on rocks in the road, looked up and around her.’
    • ‘I rubbed my eyes and tumbled out of bed, stubbing my toe on the dresser in the process.’
    • ‘But I'd still rather we didn't have to distract ourselves from our headache by stubbing our toes.’
    • ‘Yesterday afternoon, while at work, I got up from my desk and stubbed my toe.’
    • ‘Or if you walk backwards, Larry, you'll never stub your toe.’
    • ‘As the last two wives were passing, one of them stubbed her toe against the tortoise's shell and instantly let out a cry of pain.’
    • ‘I am always stubbing my toe, smashing my arms against walls, tripping over, scratching myself.’
    • ‘People are stubbing their toes and feet and falling all over.’
    • ‘Walking forward he stubbed his toe on one of the bookshelves and cursed loudly.’
    • ‘She made her way across the dark room, stubbing her toe on the dresser on her way.’
    • ‘I remember you crying as a little boy when you stubbed your toe.’
    • ‘I'm sure I've only sworn occasionally, like after stubbing my toe for the nineteenth time.’
    • ‘To his right, there was a noise, and he moved towards it, stubbing his toe on a pile of rubble in the process.’
    • ‘The party the day before had been real enough, as had the pain of stubbing his toe on the way up the steps.’
    • ‘Lizzie considered she might be dreaming but had second thoughts after stubbing her toe on a ceramic vase.’
  • 2Extinguish (a lighted cigarette) by pressing the lighted end against something.

    ‘she stubbed out her cigarette in the overflowing ashtray’
    • ‘He also visited her grave accompanied by his mother, stubbed out cigarettes and swore at photographers.’
    • ‘They plunged hatpins into his bottom, stubbed out cigarettes on his body and swung handbags at his head.’
    • ‘He bent over and stubbed out his cigarette on the tar seal.’
    • ‘David said he often found cigarettes stubbed out inside the church and recently found an empty wine bottle.’
    • ‘Kienan stubbed out his cigarette in the ashtray and lit another, grimacing imperceptibly as he did.’
    • ‘The scene made Lady Peacemaker think of a giant cigarette butt being stubbed out.’
    • ‘Visitors who are not aware of the ban have happily stubbed their cigarettes out when they have been asked by our staff.’
    • ‘She turned and headed inside, stubbing her cigarette.’
    • ‘I put the camera into the case and stubbed the cigarette, which was, by then, my fifth.’
    • ‘He stubbed the second cigarette out and leaned forward.’
    • ‘If a smoker refuses to stub their cigarette out security guards will ultimately enforce the ban.’
    • ‘Sadie bared her teeth and stubbed the cigarette on a nearby table.’
    • ‘Someone stubbed a cigarette out on her in a club.’
    • ‘She stubbed out the cigarette she had just lit, and dropped it into her ashtray, ‘There.’’
    • ‘He stubbed his cigarette out in the ashtray near the door.’
    • ‘Midnight was rescued just outside Swindon in October after children stubbed out cigarettes on his eyes.’
    • ‘Isabella stubbed the cigarette on the window ledge and gathered her bag.’
    • ‘Declan stubbed out his cigarette with a vicious twist, and then threw up his hands like a disappointed Italian don.’
    • ‘One of the men who had been smoking stubbed his cigarette out on the stall.’
    • ‘All ashtrays must be removed and provision made at the entrance to premises where cigarettes can be stubbed out.’
    extinguish, put out, douse, smother, choke, stamp out, blow out, quench, stub out, turn out, dampen, damp down
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  • 3Grub up (a plant) by the roots.

    ‘he was found to have stubbed up a hedge’

Origin

Old English stub(b) ‘stump of a tree’, of Germanic origin. The verb is first recorded ( late Middle English) in sense 3; stub (sense 1 of the verb) (mid 19th century) was originally a US usage.

Pronunciation

stub

/stʌb/