stub

1 [stuhb]
noun
1.
a short projecting part.
2.
a short remaining piece, as of a pencil, candle, or cigar.
3.
(in a checkbook, receipt book, etc.) the inner end of each leaf, for keeping a record of the content of the part filled out and torn away.
4.
the returned portion of a ticket.
5.
the end of a fallen tree, shrub, or plant left fixed in the ground; stump.
6.
something having a short, blunt shape, especially a short-pointed, blunt pen.
8.
something having the look of incomplete or stunted growth, as a horn of an animal.
9.
Bridge. a part-score.
verb (used with object), stubbed, stubbing.
10.
to strike accidentally against a projecting object: I stubbed my toe against the step.
11.
to extinguish the burning end of (a cigarette or cigar) by crushing it against a solid object (often followed by out ): He stubbed out the cigarette in the ashtray.
12.
to clear of stubs, as land.
13.
to dig up by the roots; grub up (roots).

Origin:
before 1000; (noun) Middle English stubb(e), Old English stubb tree stump; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbi; akin to Old Norse stūfr stump; (v.) late Middle English stubben to dig up by the roots, clear stumps from (land), derivative of the noun

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stub

2 [stuhb]
adjective
stocky; squat.

Origin:
1705–15; special use of stub1

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stub (stʌb)
 
n
1.  a short piece remaining after something has been cut, removed, etc: a cigar stub
2.  the residual piece or section of a receipt, ticket, cheque, etc
3.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain) counterfoil the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc, detached and retained as a record of the transaction
4.  any short projection or blunted end
5.  the stump of a tree or plant
 
vb , stubs, stubbing, stubbed
6.  to strike (one's toe, foot, etc) painfully against a hard surface
7.  (usually foll by out) to extinguish (a cigarette or cigar) by pressing the end against a surface
8.  to clear (land) of stubs
9.  to dig up (the roots) of (a tree or bush)
 
[Old English stubb; related to Old Norse stubbi, Middle Dutch stubbe, Greek stupos stem, stump]

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Main Entry:  stub
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a Web page providing only minimal information and intended for later development
Example:  A stub is a placeholder to which other contributors may build upon, as in Wikipedia.
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Word Origin & History

stub
O.E. stybb "stump of a tree," from P.Gmc. *stubjaz (cf. M.Du. stubbe, O.N. stubbr), from PIE base *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Extended in M.E. to other short, thick things. The verb sense of "strike (one's toe) against" something is first recorded 1848. Meaning "to extinguish
a cigarette" is from 1927. Stubby "short and thick" is from 1572; of persons, from 1831.
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Computing Dictionary

stub definition


1. A dummy procedure used when linking a program with a run-time library. The stub routine need not contain any code and is only present to prevent "undefined label" errors at link time.
2. A local procedure in a remote procedure call. The client calls the stub to perform some task and need not necessarily be aware that RPC is involved. The stub transmits parameters over the network to the server and returns the results to the caller.
(1995-11-09)

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Example sentences
My cats would eat it to the stub if they had a chance.
The three friends were out to dinner a few months ago in the umpteenth
  restaurant that asked them to stub out their cigars.
She gets up and leans over to stub her cigarette on the ground.
On the table was a newspaper folded open at the crossword, and a stub of pencil.
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