Definition of stub in US English:

stub

nounPlural stubs

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

    • ‘She flicked the cigarette stub into the night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I filled out the application sheet with a pencil stub - an émigré from a miniature golf course.’
    • ‘‘Not everyone carrying a pencil stub and a piece of paper is a journalist.’’
    • ‘Tommy flicked the stub overboard and raised a brow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then she took out a piece of paper and a stub of a pencil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Or are they expecting to find a signature or a footprint or a cigarette stub?’
    • ‘He rose, and found the stub of a slender blue dinner candle about four inches long.’
    • ‘Firefighters said the man had emptied his cigarette stubs into a bin without checking if they were alight or not.’
    • ‘When Amiry was writing her script, her husband hoarded her pencil stubs, revealing his secret stash in Medium of Love.’
    • ‘The stub of cigar jutting from his mouth glowed like a malevolent LED.’
    • ‘Finally he pulled out the piece of paper and stub of a pencil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She hates the millions of cigarette stubs in the sand, but says the water's ‘just lovely’.’
    • ‘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?’
    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’
      • ‘Roger was a shy, sweet Jewish boy with very short black hair, a little stub of a beard and pierced ears.’
      • ‘Don't cut branches flush to the trunk, and don't leave stubs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Deb harvests cuttings from her potted succulents, leaving short stubs of stem that can be poked through the wreath's outer layer of moss.’
      • ‘Don't leave stubs; cut just above side branches that you want to grow.’
      • ‘A Siamese had only a stub of a tail, a short-haired spotted cat walked strangely, with only three legs.’
      • ‘The dog is described as a black and tan Rottweiler-type, with a fluffy coat and a stub tail.’
      • ‘The second cut should be outside the first cut, all the way through the branch, leaving a short stub.’
      • ‘We mapped the location of exposed branch stubs and branch scars on each stem.’
      • ‘Her heart went out to the old man, his stubs of knees settled atop a crudely-made mat of old newspapers and cloth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dog turned its head, wagged its stub of a tail.’
      • ‘She took off with the black dog close behind with her little stub of a tail the only thing that he could reach.’
    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.’
      • ‘The rocker arms are roller tipped and ride on needle bearings mounted on individual stub shafts.’
      • ‘Is there a minimum or maximum stub length required for Y cables?’
  • 2The part of a check, receipt, ticket, or other document torn off and kept as a record.

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

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

    ‘I stubbed my toe, swore, and tripped’
    • ‘To his right, there was a noise, and he moved towards it, stubbing his toe on a pile of rubble in the process.’
    • ‘I'm sure I've only sworn occasionally, like after stubbing my toe for the nineteenth time.’
    • ‘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 remember you crying as a little boy when you stubbed your toe.’
    • ‘I rubbed my eyes and tumbled out of bed, stubbing my toe on the dresser 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walking forward he stubbed his toe on one of the bookshelves and cursed loudly.’
    • ‘That day played vividly in his mind as he walked along, stubbing his toe occasionally on the uneven path.’
    • ‘I am always stubbing my toe, smashing my arms against walls, tripping over, scratching myself.’
    • ‘While she's running, she stubs her toe and falls to the ground.’
    • ‘Or if you walk backwards, Larry, you'll never stub your toe.’
    • ‘People are stubbing their toes and feet and falling all over.’
    • ‘Lizzie considered she might be dreaming but had second thoughts after stubbing her toe on a ceramic vase.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She made her way across the dark room, stubbing her toe on the dresser on her way.’
    • ‘Yesterday afternoon, while at work, I got up from my desk and stubbed my toe.’
    • ‘In fact, my most useful contribution was stopping Ian from swearing when he stubbed his toe in the vestry.’
    • ‘But I'd still rather we didn't have to distract ourselves from our headache by stubbing our toes.’
  • 2Extinguish (a lighted cigarette) by pressing the lighted end against something.

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

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

/stəb//stəb/