before 1000; (noun) Middle Englishstubb(e), Old Englishstubb tree stump; cognate with Middle Low German,Middle Dutchstubbe,Old Norsestubbi; akin to Old Norsestūfr stump; (v.) late Middle Englishstubben to dig up by the roots, clear stumps from (land), derivative of the noun
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.
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)