noun \ˈstəb\

: a short part left after a larger part has been broken off or used up

: a part of a ticket that is kept by the person who uses the ticket

: a piece of paper that is attached to a check and has information (such as the amount and the date) printed on it

Full Definition of STUB

a :  stump 2
b :  a short piece remaining on a stem or trunk where a branch has been lost
:  something made or worn to a short or blunt shape; especially :  a pen with a short blunt nib
:  a short blunt part left after a larger part has been broken off or used up <a pencil stub>
:  something cut short or stunted
a :  a small part of a leaf (as of a checkbook) attached to the spine for memoranda of the contents of the part torn away
b :  the part of a ticket returned to the user

Examples of STUB

  1. Hold onto your ticket stub in case you leave the theater and want to come back in again.
  2. <an ashtray full of cigarette stubs>

Origin of STUB

Middle English stubb, from Old English stybb; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump, Greek stypos stem
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with STUB


transitive verb

: to put out (a cigarette) by pressing it down against something


Full Definition of STUB

a :  to grub up by the roots
b :  to clear (land) by grubbing out rooted growth
c :  to hew or cut down (a tree) close to the ground
:  to extinguish (as a cigarette) by crushing
:  to strike (one's foot or toe) against an object

First Known Use of STUB

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall


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