- 1The truncated remnant of a pencil, cigarette, or similar-shaped object after use: the ashtray was full of stubs a pencil stub the stub of a candleMore example sentences
- Working by candlelight with the stub of his last pencil, he finally achieved the transformation of a humble o into the majestic 0.
- When Amiry was writing her script, her husband hoarded her pencil stubs, revealing his secret stash in Medium of Love.
- Are there any others out there who find comfort in the stub of pencil on a string and other mildly eccentric aspects of elections past?
- 1.1A truncated or unusually short thing: he wagged his little stub of tailMore example sentences
- The second cut should be outside the first cut, all the way through the branch, leaving a short stub.
- Deb harvests cuttings from her potted succulents, leaving short stubs of stem that can be poked through the wreath's outer layer of moss.
- A Siamese had only a stub of a tail, a short-haired spotted cat walked strangely, with only three legs.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting a projection or hole that goes only part of the way through a surface: a stub tenonMore example sentences
- Two stub walls with ample storage for china and linens loosely define the seating and dining areas.
- The massive columns were delivered to the site with stub pieces prewelded to them, and the steel beams were bolted to those stubs.
- Is there a minimum or maximum stub length required for Y cables?
- 2The counterfoil of a cheque, receipt, ticket, or other document: retain your ticket stubs he drew out his chequebook and checked the stubsMore example sentences
- You can use ticket stubs or ribbons or receipts or photos or envelopes or napkins to mark your place in books.
- The INS recommends that tourists bring hotel receipts and ticket stubs from sightseeing destinations and transportation.
- Fans will also have to retain ticket stubs during the game to ensure that they are in the correct seats.
verb (stubs, stubbing, stubbed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Accidentally strike (one’s toe) against something: I stubbed my toe, swore, and trippedMore example sentences
- Amy cried out as she accidentally stubbed her toe on one of the wooden bedposts.
- People are stubbing their toes and feet and falling all over.
- I am always stubbing my toe, smashing my arms against walls, tripping over, scratching myself.
- 2Extinguish (a lighted cigarette) by pressing the lighted end against something: she stubbed out her cigarette in the overflowing ashtrayMore example sentences
- All ashtrays must be removed and provision made at the entrance to premises where cigarettes can be stubbed out.
- The scene made Lady Peacemaker think of a giant cigarette butt being stubbed out.
- Kienan stubbed out his cigarette in the ashtray and lit another, grimacing imperceptibly as he did.
Old English stub(b) 'stump of a tree', of Germanic origin. The verb is first recorded (late Middle English) in sense 3; sense 1 of the verb (mid 19th century) was originally a US usage.