• WordNet 3.6
    • n stubble short stiff hairs growing on a man's face when he has not shaved for a few days
    • n stubble material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stubble The stumps of wheat, rye, barley, oats, or buckwheat, left in the ground; the part of the stalk left by the scythe or sickle. "After the first crop is off, they plow in the wheast stubble ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stubble The lower ends of grain-stalks, collectively, left standing in the ground when the crop is cut; the covering of a harvested field of grain.
    • n stubble Something resembling or analogous to stubble, especially a short rough beard, or the short hair on a cropped head. See stubbly.
    • n stubble Same as stubble-cane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stubble stub′l the stumps or root-ends of the stalks of corn left in the ground by the reaper or mower: anything like this, as a bristly beard, &c.: the sugar-cane in the field after the first year
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stobil, stoble, OF. estouble, estuble, F. étuele, LL. stupla, stupula, L. stipula, stubble, stalk; cf. D. & G. stopped, OHG. stupfila,. Cf. Stipule
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estouble, prob. Teut. (Old High Ger. stupfila), or directly from L. stipula, dim. of stipes, a stalk.


In literature:

Separated from the others, Benton and Cara came upon a small grove, like an oasis in the stretching acres of stubble.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
We passed through wide tracts of ghaseb stubble.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
The earnest words we spoke were not 'like fire among dry stubble;' but like sparks falling into the water.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Of the poor partridge through his stubble screen.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6" by Lord Byron
A few moments later, he found the barber also using a jar to collect the hair and shaving stubble.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
As he rubbed lather into the stubble on his face, he cursed with irritation.
"The Return" by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
Beneath the stiff red stubble the flesh was livid where those fingers had been, when he was able to draw breath again.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Cold weather comes after the wind has blown over the oat stubble.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Ruth set out at once over the pale stubble fields, glad of an object for a walk.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Our God is a consuming fire, and we are as stubble before Him; who can stand before His indignation?
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
The man's face was greenish white, with a stubble of beard.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
In the fog, Ross stumbled in a shallow ditch beyond which lay a stubbled field.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
As he rubbed lather into the stubble on his face, he cursed with irritation.
"The Return" by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
A prairie-fire, happily, does not continue very long; and while it lasts, it burns up little else than stubble.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
The rustling stubbles bend Beneath the driving storm.
"The Dog's Book of Verse" by Various
He shaved carefully; a stubble of beard on his chin might betray the fact that he was worried.
"Ullr Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper
My heavy black mustache was gone, and in its place nothing but white stubble remained.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
Sergeant Stubble, for such is his name, shakes his head in doubt.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Pete was using a sickle on the stubbly grass, too stiff and interspersed with stones for the mower.
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
It was late autumn; hay-time had passed and harvest, and all the fields looked brown and bare and stubbly.
"The Hawthorns" by Amy Walton

In poetry:

Awake, Almighty God,
And call thy wrath to mind;
Give them like forests to the fire,
Or stubble to the wind.
"Psalm 83" by Isaac Watts
Across the stubble glooms the wind;
High sails the lated crow;
The west with pallid green is lined;
Fog tracks the river's flow.
"Songs of the Autumn Nights" by George MacDonald
Am I not like the stubble dry
And fragile leaf by tempest strewed?
Must I not die, then tell me why
A thing so frail is thus pursued?
""Wilt Thou Harass A Driven Leaf?"" by Joseph Horatio Chant
To sullenness the surly crow
All his derisive feeling yields,
And o'er the barren stubble-fields
Flaps cawless, wrapped in hungry woe.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein
Go work in my vineyard, said the Lord,
And gather the bruised grain;
But the reapers had left the stubble bare,
And I trod the soil in pain.
"Go Work in My Vineyard" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Crossing the stubble, where, erewhile,
The golden-headed wheat had been,
I saw, and knew him by his smile.
Night, sad with rain, was flowing in --
"Paul" by Alice Cary

In news:

During the school year, Larry R Cochard, PhD, anatomy lab director at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, notes personal details such as cadavers' painted toenails or stubble.
The male crowd wears five-day-old stubble on their cheeks.
Take for example, the scruffy, stubble-bearded look of Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
Crop stubble left from soybeans and corn can damage expensive tractor tires and tracks.
Say what you will about his look — it's hard to match the stubble on your mustache and eyebrows.
The foreign press had a field day when they caught a glimpse of Beyonce's underarms looking stubbly at the premiere of Cadillac Records.
Tire innovation and design is about making tires work harder in the field, without severe wear and tear due to stronger corn stubble .
Stronger Bt corn stubble causes tire companies to reimagine their products.
The Conair i- Stubble 's floating head tracks the curves of your face for a cleaner cut.
Tire manufacturers working to provide answers to BT corn stubble damage.
What's with the stubble .
Stubbly Daly Goes Nightly.
My man shaves his chest, which makes it stubbly.
But if you want to do it now, make sure you cut them hard because if you leave a lot of stubble on them, you will get the halo effect, which is shorter in the middle.
In a black t-shirt, with a bit of stubble around the chin, the looks out and begins the litany.