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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cheque stub (=the part of a cheque that stays in your cheque book when you have written a cheque)
▪ Check your cheque stubs to see when you wrote the cheque.
put out/stub out a cigarette (=stop it burning)
▪ Kit stubbed out her cigarette in the fireplace.
stubbed...toe (=hurt it by kicking it against something)
▪ He stubbed his toe on a rock.
▪ a cigar stub
▪ A steady paper trail of bills, grades, pay stubs, and catalogs helps us create our individual identity.
▪ And he did keep the check stub in his wallet like a picture of his kids.
▪ Eventually both of the door's plastic hinge stubs broke, and it fell off!
▪ He grinds the stub down carefully and looks at it an instant reverentially.
▪ Last night's jam-jars, with their stubs of candle, had been knocked over.
▪ So far about 25% of those ticket stubs have been returned with the appropriate £2.
▪ The valve can still be operated by gripping the stub in a pair of pliers, but it will defeat small children.
▪ She stood up and stubbed out her cigarette.
▪ She located an ashtray on the chest of drawers and stubbed out her cigarette.
▪ Perry, who has heard, stubs his cigarette and swears.
▪ Kitty seemed surprised by the unexpected support, but she stubbed out the cigarette anyway.
▪ She stubbed out her cigarette and yawned.
▪ He carefully stubbed out the cigarette, opened the door and walked in.
▪ He stubbed out his cigarette, smoothed his already immaculate hair.
▪ Michael stubbed out his cigarette, grinding it into the ashtray with such force Joe thought it would surely break.
▪ As a prominent figure in Rottweiler rescue, she's stubbed her toe on more unfair bullying and downright idiocy than most.
▪ It is one thing to say it when you stub your toe.
▪ Striding away from the house, Carolyn stubbed her toe badly on a brick end and had to sit down to nurse it.
▪ Never mind that the offense continued to stub its toe on all but one trip inside Minnesota territory on the afternoon.
▪ Distracted, Luce stubbed her toe against a piece of raised planking and tripped.
▪ Jackie seemed to float upwards and Sam stubbed his toe.
▪ As a prominent figure in Rottweiler rescue, she's stubbed her toe on more unfair bullying and downright idiocy than most.
▪ Dexter lounged in, sucked the last goodness from his cigarette and stubbed out the butt in Blanche's wastepaper bin.
▪ He drew deeply on a cigarette, stubbing it afterwards in an ashtray which held an extraordinary number of butts.
▪ Never mind that the offense continued to stub its toe on all but one trip inside Minnesota territory on the afternoon.
▪ Perry, who has heard, stubs his cigarette and swears.
▪ She stood up and stubbed out her cigarette.
▪ Striding away from the house, Carolyn stubbed her toe badly on a brick end and had to sit down to nurse it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stub \Stub\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stubbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Stubbing.]

  1. To grub up by the roots; to extirpate; as, to stub up edible roots.

    What stubbing, plowing, digging, and harrowing is to a piece of land.

  2. To remove stubs from; as, to stub land.

  3. To strike as the toes, against a stub, stone, or other fixed object. [U. S.]


Stub \Stub\, n. [OE. stubbe, AS. stub, styb; akin to D. stobbe, LG. stubbe, Dan. stub, Sw. stubbe, Icel. stubbr, stubbi; cf. Gr. ?.]

  1. The stump of a tree; that part of a tree or plant which remains fixed in the earth when the stem is cut down; -- applied especially to the stump of a small tree, or shrub.

    Stubs sharp and hideous to behold.

    And prickly stubs instead of trees are found.

  2. A log; a block; a blockhead. [Obs.]

  3. The short blunt part of anything after larger part has been broken off or used up; hence, anything short and thick; as, the stub of a pencil, candle, or cigar.

  4. A part of a leaf in a check book, after a check is torn out, on which the number, amount, and destination of the check are usually recorded.

  5. A pen with a short, blunt nib.

  6. A stub nail; an old horseshoe nail; also, stub iron.

    Stub end (Mach.), the enlarged end of a connecting rod, to which the strap is fastened.

    Stub iron, iron made from stub nails, or old horseshoe nails, -- used in making gun barrels.

    Stub mortise (Carp.), a mortise passing only partly through the timber in which it is formed.

    Stub nail, an old horseshoe nail; a nail broken off; also, a short, thick nail.

    Stub short, or Stub shot (Lumber Manuf.), the part of the end of a sawn log or plank which is beyond the place where the saw kerf ends, and which retains the plank in connection with the log, until it is split off.

    Stub twist, material for a gun barrel, made of a spirally welded ribbon of steel and stub iron combined.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English stybb "stump of a tree," from Proto-Germanic *stubjaz (cognates: Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from PIE root *(s)teu- (1) "to push, stick, knock, beat" (see steep (adj.)). Extended 14c. to other short, thick, protruding things. Meaning "remaining part of something partially consumed" is from 1520s.


mid-15c., "dig up stumps, dig up by the roots," from stub (n.). The sens of "strike (one's toe) against" something projecting from a surface is first recorded 1848. Meaning "to extinguish a cigarette" is from 1927. Related: Stubbed; stubbing.


n. 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. 3 (context computing English) A placeholder procedure that has the signature of the planned procedure but does not yet implement the intended behavior. ([], [], []). 4 (context computing English) A procedure that translates requests from external systems into a format suitable for processing and then submits those requests for processing. ([], [], []) 5 (context wikis English) A page providing only minimal information and intended for later development. 6 The remaining part of the docked tail of a dog 7 An unequal first or last interest calculation period, as a part of a financial swap contract 8 (context obsolete English) A log; a block; a blockhead. 9 A pen with a short, blunt nib. 10 A stub nail; an old horseshoe nail; also, stub iron. vb. 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.

  1. n. 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]

  6. [also: stubbing, stubbed]

  1. v. strike against an object; "She stubbed her one's toe in the dark and now it's broken" [syn: scrape, skin, abrade]

  2. [also: stubbing, stubbed]

Stub (stock)

A stub is the stock representing the remaining equity in a corporation left over after a major cash or security distribution from a buyout, a spin-out, a demerger or some other form of restructuring removes most of the company's operations from the parent corporation. A stub may retain the name of the original corporation, or in some cases may take another name as part of the restructuring.


Stub or Stubb may refer to:

  • In pollarding, a stub or stubb is a low pollard – a tree cut and allowed to regrow from the trunk
  • Method stub, in computer programming, a piece of code used to stand in for some other programming functionality
  • Stub in Linux is one of the parts in shared libraries for Linux.
  • Test stub, one type of test doubles (along with mock objects) in software testing
  • Stub network, in computer networking, a section of network with only one exit router to other networks
  • A stub of a pencil, or other object
  • Stub (electronics), 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
  • Pay stub, a receipt or record that the employer has paid an employee
  • Ticket (receipt), a ticket or portion thereof that acts as a receipt
  • Stub (stock), the portion of a corporation left over after most but not all of it has been bought out or spun out
  • Stub, an unused road junction: see Unused highway
  • Stub, the short tail of an animal such as a bobcat
  • Stub period, period of time over which interest accrues which is not equal to the usual interval between bond coupon
  • Stub Place, settlement in Cumbria, England
  • Stubb, a character in the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Stub (electronics)

In microwave and radio-frequency engineering, a stub or resonant stub is a length of transmission line or waveguide that is connected at one end only. The free end of the stub is either left open-circuit or (always in the case of waveguides) short-circuited. Neglecting transmission line losses, the input impedance of the stub is purely reactive; either capacitive or inductive, depending on the electrical length of the stub, and on whether it is open or short circuit. Stubs may thus function as capacitors, inductors and resonant circuits at radio frequencies.

Stubs work by means of standing waves of radio waves along their length. Their reactive properties are determined by their physical length in relation to the wavelength of the radio waves. Therefore stubs are most commonly used in UHF or microwave circuits in which the wavelengths are short enough that the stub is conveniently small. They are often used to replace discrete capacitors and inductors, because at UHF and microwave frequencies lumped components perform poorly due to parasitic reactance. Stubs are commonly used in antenna impedance matching circuits, frequency selective filters, and resonant circuits for UHF electronic oscillators and RF amplifiers.

Stubs can be constructed with any type of transmission line: parallel conductor line (where they are called Lecher lines), coaxial cable, stripline, waveguide, and dielectric waveguide. Stub circuits can be designed using a Smith chart, a graphical tool which can determine what length line to use to obtain a desired reactance.

Stub (distributed computing)

A stub in distributed computing is a piece of code used for converting parameters passed during a Remote Procedure Call ( RPC).

The main idea of an RPC is to allow a local computer ( client) to remotely call procedures on a remote computer ( server). The client and server use different address spaces, so conversion of parameters used in a function call has to be performed, otherwise the values of those parameters could not be used, because of pointers to the computer's memory pointing to different data on each machine. The client and server may also use different data representations even for simple parameters (e.g., big-endian versus little-endian for integers.) Stubs are used to perform the conversion of the parameters, so a Remote Function Call looks like a local function call for the remote computer.

Stub libraries must be installed on client and server side. A client stub is responsible for conversion (Marshalling) of parameters used in a function call and deconversion of results passed from the server after execution of the function. A server skeleton, the stub on server side, is responsible for deconversion of parameters passed by the client and conversion of the results after the execution of the function.

Stub can be generated in one of the two ways:

  1. ' Manually': In this method, the RPC implementer provides a set of translation functions from which a user can construct his or her own stubs. This method is simple to implement and can handle very complex parameter types.
  2. Automatically: This is more commonly used method for stub generation. It uses an interface description language (IDL), that is used for defining the interface between Client and Server. For example, an interface definition has information to indicate whether, each argument is input, output or both — only input arguments need to be copied from client to server and only output elements need to be copied from server to client.

A server program that implements procedure in an interface is said to export the interface and a client program that calls procedures from an interface is said to import the interface. When writing a distributed application, a programmer first writes an interface definition using the IDL. We can then write the client program that imports the interface and the server program that exports the interface. The interface definition is processed using an IDL compiler to generate components that can be combined with client and server programs, without making any changes to the existing compilers. In particular, from an interface for each procedure in the interface, the appropriate marshalling and unmarshalling operations in each stub procedure and a header file that supports the data types in the interface definition. The header file is included in the source files of both the client and server programs,the client stub procedures are compiled and linked with the client program and the server stub procedures are compiled and linked with the server program. An IDL compiler can be designed to process interface definitions for use with different languages, enabling clients and servers written in different languages, to communicate by using remote procedure call To achieve the goal of semantics transparency designers have made RPC look like LPc using the concept of stubs that hide the actual RPC implementation from the programs the interface to the underlying RPC system.

Usage examples of "stub".

Averitt placed the stub of his chalk down on the little ledge under the blackboard and tried unsuccessfully to rub the white dust of his hands.

Irritated, Bookman stubbed out his cigarette and continued to address Kyril Montana.

Esther laughed suddenly, a bubbling, girlish laugh, and then pretended that she had laughed because Jane had stubbed her toe.

Nancy stubbed out his cigarillo, then he flicked an imaginary speck of ash off his yellow gloves.

He bent down at the foot of the stone monument, stubbed out his cigarillo on the earth, and left it there, like an offering.

Beaten haggard, he stood cloakless in his travel-stained leathers, while draught from the door left ajar at his back flared and harried the stubs of the candles.

A line of filthy smoke was drawn slowly across the face of New Crobuzon, marking it like a stub of pencil, as a late train went east on the Dexter Line, through Gidd and Barguest Bridge, on over the water towards Lud Fallow and Sedim Junction.

New Crobuzon, marking it like a stub of pencil, as a late train went east on the Dexter Line, through Gidd and Barguest Bridge, on over the water towards Lud Fallow and Sedim Junction.

The hacendado nodded and stubbed out his cigarette and pushed back his chair.

One of the defects of the program was the fact that it was, as Jorn had suspected, based on a lie, whereas a good deception ought to contain some fundamental stone of truth to stub the toes of the sane and the suspicious.

It was so ironic to be protected by the same jundies who an hour ago had been stubbing out their cigarettes on our necks.

So when someone is making a mountain out of a molehill, they are pretending that something is as horrible as a war or a ruined picnic when it is really only as horrible as a stubbed toe.

The two stubs, with their shiny pink flesh and smooth, nailless tips, were things of wonder to her.

While squinting through his ophthalmoscope, he carefully rotated the protruding spindle stub to the left.

Not bothering to test the door set into the garden wall, he threw his boots over the top into the lane beyond and, quick as a rat up a drainpipe, scrambled after them, stubbing his toe badly in the process, pausing only long enough on the other side to retrieve his boots before making good his escape down the lane and into the Kings Road beyond.