stub

noun
\ ˈstəb How to pronounce stub (audio) \

Definition of stub

 (Entry 1 of 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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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 Or send a photocopy of either your driver's license or state ID or a photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists your name and address. CBS News, "How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?," 18 Sep. 2020 Residents must show proof that the pandemic has hurt their income, bring documentation to verify their income such as a pay stub or tax return, and have a government identification. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, "Up to $1,000 in food assistance is available in Palm Beach County starting Friday. Here’s how to apply.," 3 Sep. 2020 There aren’t many stubs circulating from Jordan’s debut. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Michael Jordan’s regular season NBA debut ticket sold for nearly $25,000," 29 May 2020 Documents like tax returns and pay stubs can be used as proof and will need to be uploaded to the online portal. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "How do I apply for Dallas’ COVID-19 rental, mortgage assistance program? Do I qualify?," 24 Apr. 2020 Applicants must also complete a financial worksheet listing household income and itemized monthly expenses, as well as submit financial documents such as lodging statements, bills, two months of pay stubs or receipts. al, "Fund launched to aid Alabama hospitality workers, Charles Barkley plans to match donations," 31 Mar. 2020 Grab a caffeinated beverage, a recent pay stub and your latest tax return. New York Times, "Your 8 Most Vexing Tax Questions, Answered," 5 Mar. 2020 For the avid concert goer: A ticket diary Many concert goers love to keep their stubs and fondly reminisce about their favorite shows. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "25 perfect last-minute gifts under $20," 16 Dec. 2019 They will also be required to submit their last two full-time pay stubs. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Samuel Adams is offering $1,000 grants to unemployed restaurant and bar staffers," 12 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From stubbed toes to cardiac arrests, open water lifeguards are trained to act as first responders for all manner of medical emergencies that can happen at the beach, often putting them in close proximity to beach patrons. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Lifeguards to Try to Protect Themselves While Working to Save Lives," 18 May 2020 Most people break a toe by stubbing it or dropping something on it, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell If Your Broken Toe Is Actually a Big Deal," 29 Feb. 2020 Cigarettes were stubbed into the holes where a tiny pig once lived near a window molding. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Mystery solved: Meet the creator of the tiny bronze face glued by Circle Centre," 10 Mar. 2020 So Northern Iowa can’t stub its toe against Indiana State or Bradley and Saint Mary’s had better not lose to Pepperdine or San Diego. Kevin Mcnamara, USA TODAY, "Opinion: UCLA, Texas and Providence making most of second chances on way to NCAA tournament," 3 Mar. 2020 In the case of the man tortured while in Dutch custody, the victim who was beaten and had a cigarette stubbed out on his head was awarded 5,000 euros ($5,450) compensation. Mike Corder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Court: No statute of limitations in Dutch colonial crimes," 1 Oct. 2019 After stubbing its toe in postseason appearances of years past, SMB was picked to lose many of its playoff games last fall, proving doubters wrong each time. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: From their top recruits to their title defense, SMB will be worth watching," 28 Aug. 2019 While the schools remained open, providing children a safe place to go, there were no classes and many parents were looking for other ways to occupy their kids, an endeavor most of us know is as much fun as stubbing your toe repeatedly. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump bows to Turkey, lines pockets with G-7 and — Oops! — there’s a quid pro quo: The Week in Review," 18 Oct. 2019 On Alabama’s opening possession of the game, Tua stubbed his toe on the grass and dropped the ball. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama remains playoff contender despite loss, blunders," 10 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of stub was before the 12th century

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stub. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for stub

stub

noun
How to pronounce stub (audio)

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 How to pronounce stub (audio) \

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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