• WordNet 3.6
    • v stub strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object "She stubbed her toe in the dark and now it's broken"
    • v stub clear of weeds by uprooting them "stub a field"
    • v stub extinguish by crushing "stub out your cigarette now"
    • v stub pull up (weeds) by their roots
    • n stub the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
    • n stub the part of a check that is retained as a record
    • n stub a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt
    • n stub a small piece "a nub of coal","a stub of a pencil"
    • n stub a short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stub A log; a block; a blockhead.
    • Stub A part of a leaf in a check book, after a check is torn out, on which the number, amount, and destination of the check are usually recorded.
    • Stub A pen with a short, blunt nib.
    • Stub A stub nail; an old horseshoe nail; also, stub iron.
    • Stub The short blunt part of anything after larger part has been broken off or used up; hence, anything short and thick; as, the stub of a pencil, candle, or cigar.
    • Stub The stump of a tree; that part of a tree or plant which remains fixed in the earth when the stem is cut down; -- applied especially to the stump of a small tree, or shrub. "Stubs sharp and hideous to behold.""And prickly stubs instead of trees are found."
    • Stub To grub up by the roots; to extirpate; as, to stub up edible roots. "What stubbing , plowing, digging, and harrowing is to a piece of land."
    • Stub To remove stubs from; as, to stub land.
    • Stub To strike as the toes, against a stub, stone, or other fixed object.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stub The end of a fallen tree, shrub, or plant remaining in the ground; a stump; now, especially, a short stump or projecting root of inconspicuous size.
    • n stub A projection like a stump; a piece or part of something sticking out: as, a dog with only a stub of a tail; the stub of a broken tooth.
    • n stub A short remaining piece of something; a terminal remnant: as, the stub of a pencil or of a cigar; a stub of candle.
    • n stub A worn horseshoe-nail; a stub-nail; specifically, in the plural, nails, or bits of iron of the quality of old horseshoe-nails, used as material for gun-barrels or other articles requiring great toughness.
    • n stub Something truncated, resembling a small stump, or constituting a terminal remnant. A blunt-pointed pen; a stub-pen.
    • n stub The inner end of one of the duplicate numbered blanks in a check-book or the like, which is left in the book with a memorandum corresponding to the check or other blank which is filled out and detached; counterfoil.
    • n stub Figuratively, a block: a blockhead.
    • stub To grub up by the roots; pull or raise the stub of; pull or raise as a stub: as, to stub a tree; to Stub up roots.
    • stub To clear of stubs; grub up stubs or roots from, as land.
    • stub To make a stub of; cut to a stub; give a truncated or stubbed appearance to; truncate: as, to stub off a post or a quill pen.
    • stub To ruin by extravagance.
    • stub To strike against something projecting from a surface; stump: as, to stub one's foot.
    • n stub In railroading, any section or piece of track which ends at a station or a siding. The parallel tracks of the train-shed of a terminal station are stub-tracks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stub stub the stump left after a tree is cut down: anything short and thick, a stump or truncated end of anything, a worn horse-shoe nail, esp. in pl.: the counterfoil in a cheque-book, &c
    • v.t Stub to take the stubs or roots of from the ground: to cut to a stub: to strike against a stub:—pr.p. stub′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. stubbed
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  • Silas Weir Mitchell
    Silas Weir Mitchell
    “The first thing to be done by a biographer in estimating character is to examine the stubs of his victim's check-books.”
  • Charles F. Kettering
    “You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stubbe, AS. stub, styb,; akin to D. stobbe, LG. stubbe, Dan. stub, Sw. stubbe, Icel. stubbr, stubbi,; cf. Gr.


In literature:

Always cut close to the parent branch, never leaving a stub no matter how young or old the tree.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
If he stubbed his toe he cried.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
There, across gray sand, the corpse crept toward him on the stubs of arms and legs.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
This time all would have ended well, Only I stubbed my toe and fell.
"A Jolly Jingle-Book" by Various
They dug and tore at the base of the stub until they had undermined it, and then together pushed it over.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
The copse and undergrowth was first cleared, and then the big trees were felled and dragged off the place; then the roots were stubbed up.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
He accordingly stopped short, and, throwing down the "stub," prepared to leave the park.
"Fame and Fortune" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Finally, Farland threw the stub of the cigar away, turned into the entrance of the building once more, and walked briskly to the elevator.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
Brennan covered the top of his desk with cigarette stubs, stood on end in his characteristic way, as the hands of the clock neared 6.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Finally an ugly stub ripped a hole in the chiffon skirt.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

To the summer fields go
The stags, with antlers
Only stubs;
My darling's heart:
Have I thought of you.
"To the summer fields" by Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
Making thro' rain and wind
O'er the broken shrubs,
'Twixt the stems and stubs,
With a still, composed, strong mind,
Nor a care for the world behind—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
Cigars I puff devoutly when I May,
And when I Can the Pipe, another Day,
And when I Must I browse on Cigarettes -
Then, as you love me, take the Stubs away!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The basin now is empty,
littered with cigarette stubs,
and the sun only hesitantly uncovers
the grief of the stones pushed aside.
A place perhaps for begging.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
Behind the door, no room for books or bags -
'I'll take it.' So it happens that I lie
Where Mr Bleaney lay, and stub my fags
On the same saucer-souvenir, and try
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Brittany Diemer showed the ticket stub for the Dark Knight Rises Friday morning.
Knowing that there were going to be several hot movies in theaters and that people love to take pictures of their ticket stubs , we asked readers to tag their Instagram photos of ticket stubs #stubreview and share a brief review.
Huskies stub toe against lightly regarded Albany.
' Stub ' Stewart holds promise of more to come.
" Stub " Stewart State Park and try out the newly opened mountain bike freeride area.
Pay stub will tell how things shook out.
Bring a 'Eat, Pray, Love' ticket stub to Life Yoga and get a free class.
The Cigar Stub is an unusual type of cigar accessory intended to help an aficionado enjoy the very last bit of a cigar without burning his or her hands.
He wants to take the stubs for a framed collage, which he'll hang over the bar.
You Can Stand on Principle and Still Stub a Toe.
Stubbed Toes at Winged Foot.
My 1924 Senators World Series ticket stub .
Find an old 'Lost' ticket stub and get a free beer.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tuscarora residents Dorothy and Joe Toney hold elevator ticket stubs they received while at the top of World Trade Center One.
The stubs are dated less than three days prior to the attacks at the World Trade Center.

In science:

This phase is a general feature of transmission zeroes that always occur in Fano resonances in Quantum Wires and Dots, the stub structure being the simplest example [12,13].
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
So in Fig. 3 we plot transmission coefficient T = |t|2 (solid curve) and the argument of the transmission amplitude t (short-dashed curve) in x direction, versus kL for an almost hard walled stub.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
This unifying approach, to be referred to as CDRG (for Colored DRG), contains IRG and DRG as particular subsets, and is defined as a direct extension of DRG by assigning a hidden color to each vertex connection (a half-edge, or stub).
Random Graphs with Hidden Color
Nm and nab . A random stub-pairing method for DRG can be extended to the case of colored stubs as follows.
Random Graphs with Hidden Color
We demonstrate how to generalize two of the most well-known random graph models, the classic random graph, and random graphs with a given degree distribution, by the introduction of hidden variables in the form of extra degrees of freedom, color, applied to vertices or stubs (half-edges).
Random Graph Models with Hidden Color