Stub (?), n. [OE. stubbe, AS. stub, styb; akin to D. stobbe, LG. stubbe, Dan. stub, Sw. stubbe, Icel. stubbr, stubbi; cf. Gr. .]
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.
A log; a block; a blockhead.
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.
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.
A pen with a short, blunt nib.
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, ∨ 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.
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Stub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stubbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Stubbing.]
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.
To remove stubs from; as, to stub land.
To strike as the toes, against a stub, stone, or other fixed object.
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