One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A broken branch or a stump.‘old roots and stobs and crackling leaves’
- ‘Pollarding involves cutting the tree back severely to a few ugly stobs.’
- 1.1 A stake used for fencing.
- ‘Designs which have two stobs supporting each stringer are easier to construct than those with three stobs for each stringer, as careful levelling is needed to spread the weight evenly between three stobs.’
Middle English: variant of stub.
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