stub

noun
\ ˈstəb \

Definition of stub 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : stump sense 2

b : a short piece remaining on a stem or trunk where a branch has been lost

2 : something made or worn to a short or blunt shape especially : a pen with a short blunt nib

3 : a short blunt part left after a larger part has been broken off or used up a pencil stub

4 : something cut short or stunted

5a : 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

stub

verb
stubbed; stubbing

Definition of stub (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : to extinguish (something, such as a cigarette) by crushing

3 : to strike (one's foot or toe) against an object

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Synonyms for stub

Synonyms: Noun

end, leftover, oddment, remainder, remnant, scrap

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Examples of stub in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now dozens of them — along with Ali quotations, fight posters, ticket stubs, magazine covers — adorn the walls of the spacious gym, with its regulation ring and punching bag. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018 Her most recent pay stub showed a biweekly income of $144.65. Aaron Glantz And Emmanuel Martinez, chicagotribune.com, "Modern day redlining: How banks block people of color from homeownership," 15 Feb. 2018 The plaque — featuring new color images of Market Square Arena and a ticket stub from the June 26, 1977 show — now stands south of the Whole Foods grocery store, 320 E. Market St., along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "You can now find Elvis Presley final-concert plaque amid shiny new spots on Market Street," 26 June 2018 And more recently, the company has made certain users suspected of fraudulent activity submit photos of every ticket stub to prove they’re using their cards as intended. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "MoviePass Rival Sinemia Is in It for the Long Haul," 10 May 2018 The still lifes feature objects that are simultaneously mundane and loaded with personal meaning, like ticket stubs, snapshots and birth control pills. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 20 June 2018 Fortunately, Joan kept detailed records of every conversation and consultation, receipts for the items Melin purchased to make the hoops and the check stubs. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad's 'Hula Girl' gives her spin on toy's history," 9 June 2018 In this April 18, 2018 photo, Jennifer Naranjo, 8 months pregnant, eats by the light of a shrinking candle stub, in La Chinita neighborhood, in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Washington Post, "Mounting economic chaos leaves many Venezuelans in the dark," 4 May 2018 MoviePass also recently added another wrinkle: Customers have to take a photo of their movie stub and send it to MoviePass. Lisa Cianci, OrlandoSentinel.com, "MoviePass peak pricing: Customers face fee for movies in high-demand times," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of continuing to flourish, the Brewers stubbed their toes in a big way, dropping two of three over the weekend at Guaranteed Rate Field to one of the worst teams in the majors. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 6, Brewers 1: String of winning series ends at six as bats go quiet in Chicago," 3 June 2018 Most people have experienced the painful, infuriating misfortune of stubbing a toe. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Is Why Stubbing Your Toe Hurts So Much," 17 Apr. 2018 Lewis has had a gun pointed at him three times and a cigarette stubbed out on his forehead once. Todd C. Frankel, chicagotribune.com, "Riding with the repo man: as auto loan defaults rise, car repossessions skyrocket," 16 May 2018 Our knees stubbed into the concrete, chipping away at our morale. Mike Kotsopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a runner’s perspective on the Boston Marathon," 16 Apr. 2018 There is a palpable excitement, a few potential stars in the making, and the bathroom doorway in my room in the media village is equipped with the latest toe-stubbing technology. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Welcome to the Olympics, as Complicated and Controversial as Ever," 9 Feb. 2018 Still, Purdue needs to get itself off the mat and get right again after stubbing its toe earlier this month. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Big Ten tournament predictions: Who's going to win it all?," 28 Feb. 2018 The Frogs started 7-0 before stubbing a toe at Iowa State to start a 3-3 stretch that included two losses to Oklahoma, one in the league championship game. Carlos Mendez, star-telegram, "Horned Frogs arrive in San Antonio with ‘one more job’ to do," 23 Dec. 2017 So if seniors have stubbed out their smokes, what are the effects of being overweight or obese? Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "For American seniors, obesity is the new smoking," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of stub

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stub

Noun

Middle English stubb, from Old English stybb; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump, Greek stypos stem

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More Definitions for stub

stub

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

stub

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stub (Entry 2 of 2)

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

stub

noun
\ ˈstəb \

Kids Definition of stub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short part remaining after the rest has been removed or used up a pencil stub

2 : a small part of a larger piece of printed paper (as a check or ticket) kept as a record of the purpose of the paper

stub

verb
stubbed; stubbing

Kids Definition of stub (Entry 2 of 2)

: to strike (as the toe) against an object

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