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1 a short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost
2 a small piece; "a nub of coal"; "a stub of a pencil" [syn: nub]
3 a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt [syn: ticket stub]
4 the part of a check that is retained as a record [syn: check stub, counterfoil]
5 the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking) [syn: butt] v : strike against an object; "She stubbed her one's toe in the dark and now it's broken" [syn: scrape, skin, abrade] [also: stubbing, stubbed]

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From stubbe, "tree stump" < stybb



  1. Something blunted, stunted, or cut short, such as stubble or a stump.
  2. A piece of certain paper items, designed to be torn off and kept for record or identification purposes.
    check stub, ticket stub, payment stub
  3. A placeholder procedure that has the signature of the planned procedure but does not yet implement the intended behavior. (,,
    • 1996, Chip Weems, Nell Dale, Pascal:
      Even though the stub is a dummy, it allows us to determine whether the procedure is called at the right time by the program or calling procedure.
  4. A procedure that translates requests from external systems into a format suitable for processing and then submits those requests for processing. (,,
    • 2002, Judith M Myerson, The Complete Book of Middleware:
      After this, the server stub calls the actual procedure on the server.
  5. In the context of "wikis": A page providing only minimal information and intended for later development.


something cut short, blunted, or stunted
a piece of certain paper items, designed to be torn off and kept for record or identification purposes

Derived terms


  1. To remove most of a tree, bush, or other rooted plant by cutting it close to the ground.
  2. To remove a plant by pulling it out by the roots.
  3. To jam, hit, or bump, especially a toe.
    I stubbed my toe trying to find the light switch in the dark.


to remove most of a tree, bush, or other rooted plant by cutting it close to the ground
to remove a plant by pulling it out by the roots
to jam, hit, or bump, especially a toe
  • Dutch: stoten






Extensive Definition

Stub may refer to:
  • Stub or stubb, a low pollard, a tree cut and allowed to regrow from the trunk (the origin of most other meanings)
  • Method stub, in computer programming, a piece of code used to stand in for some other programming functionality
  • Stub network, in computer networking, a section of network connected in only one way to other networks
  • Stub (circuit), a calculated length section of transmission line used to match impedance in transmission lines
  • Stub (distributed computing), a piece of work of a greater calculation in distributed computing
  • Stub, an unequal first or last interest calculation period, as a part of a financial swap contract
  • Pay stub, a receipt or record that the employer has paid their employee
  • Stub (stock), the portion of a corporation left over after most but not all of it has been bought out or spun-out
  • Ticket stub, the remaining end of an admission ticket, once collected
  • Stub, the remaining part of the docked tail of a dog
  • Stub, to strike one's toe or foot against something accidentally
  • Stub, a slang term for a male with a small penis

See also

stub in Czech: Pahýl
stub in German: Stub
stub in Polish: Stub
stub in Portuguese: Stub
stub in Romanian: Ciot
stub in Contenese: Stub

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Thule, Ultima Thule, billhead, bitter end, book stamp, bookplate, bottom dollar, boundary, brand, broad arrow, brush, butt, butt end, cachet, carton of cigarettes, cauda, caudal appendage, caudation, check, cig, cigarette, cigarette butt, cigarette case, colophon, counterfoil, countermark, cue, deck of cigarettes, dock, docket, end, extreme, extremity, fag, fag end, fantail, farthest bound, government mark, government stamp, hallmark, imprint, jumping-off place, label, letterhead, limit, logo, logotype, masthead, nib, pigtail, plate, point, pole, price tag, queue, rattail, receipt, registered trademark, remnant, running head, running title, seal, sigil, signet, snipe, stamp, sticker, stump, tag, tag end, tail, tail end, tailpiece, tally, ticket, tip, title page, token, trade name, trademark, trademark name
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