From Middle English stubbe (“tree stump”), from Old English stybb, stubb (“tree stump”), from Proto-West Germanic *stubb, from Proto-Germanic *stubbaz (compare Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr, Faroese stubbi (“stub”)), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tew-; compare steep (“sharp slope”).
Sense extended in Middle English to similarly shaped objects. Verb sense “strike one’s toe” is recorded 1848; “extinguish a cigarette” 1927.
stub (plural stubs)
- Something blunted, stunted, or cut short, such as stubble or a stump.
- A piece of certain paper items, designed to be torn off and kept for record or identification purposes.
- check stub, ticket stub, payment stub
- (computing) A placeholder procedure that has the signature of the planned procedure but does not yet implement the intended behavior.
- (computing) A procedure that translates requests from external systems into a format suitable for processing and then submits those requests for processing.
- (typography, in tabular matter) A row heading in a table (with horizontal reference, whereas a column heading has vertical reference).
- Coordinate term: substub
- (wikis) A page providing only minimal information and intended for later development.
- The remaining part of the docked tail of a dog
- An unequal first or last interest calculation period, as a part of a financial swap contract
- (obsolete) A log or block of wood.
- (obsolete) A blockhead.
- , [John Milton], Of Education. To Master Samuel Hartlib, [London: […] Thomas Underhill and/or Thomas Johnson], OCLC 946735316, page 3:
- I doubt not but ye ſhall have more adoe to drive out dulleſt and lazieſt youth, our ſtocks and ſtubbs from the infinite deſire of such a happy nurture, than we have now to hale and drag our choiſeſt and hopefulleſt wits to that aſinine feaſt of ſowthiſtles and brambles[.]
- A pen with a short, blunt nib.
- An old and worn horseshoe nail.
- Stub iron.
- The smallest remainder of a smoked cigarette; a butt.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive) To remove most of a tree, bush, or other rooted plant by cutting it close to the ground.
- (transitive) To remove a plant by pulling it out by the roots.
- (transitive) To jam, hit, or bump, especially a toe.
- I stubbed my toe trying to find the light switch in the dark.
- “stub” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- stub in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- stub at OneLook Dictionary Search
stȗb m (Cyrillic spelling сту̑б)