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1. The usually short end remaining after something bigger has been used up: a pencil stub; a cigarette stub.
2. Something cut short or arrested in development: a stub of a tail.
a. The part of a check or receipt retained as a record.
b. The part of a ticket returned as a voucher of payment.
4. An entry that has minimal text, no text, or has not been written in full in an online reference work.
tr.v. stubbed, stub·bing, stubs
a. To pull up (weeds) by the roots.
b. To clear (a field) of weeds.
2. To strike (one's toe or foot) against something accidentally.
3. To snuff out (a cigarette butt) by crushing.

[Middle English stubbe, tree stump, from Old English stybb.]
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References in classic literature ?
He strutted around rather absurdly as he was introduced to all the famous people assembled in the Throne-Room, and when he learned that Dorothy was a Princess of Oz the Fox King insisted on kneeling at her feet and afterward retired backward--a dangerous thing to do, as he might have stubbed his paw and tumbled over.
Billina showed her the place where she had "stubbed her bill," as she expressed it, and Dorothy dug away the sand until she felt something hard.
But about noon of the third day I had stopped in the road to take a precaution which had been suggested by the whip-stroke that had fallen to my share two days before; a precaution which I had afterward decided to leave untaken, I was so loath to institute it; but now I had just had a fresh reminder: while striding heedlessly along, with jaw spread and intellect at rest, for I was prophesying, I stubbed my toe and fell sprawling.