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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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