The small remainder of something is a stub. If you sharpen your favorite pencil obsessively, soon you'll be left with just a stub.

Anything that's leftover or unusually short can be a stub, from the ticket stub you're handed in the theater to your dog's little stub of a tail. As a verb, stub most often means "strike painfully against something," and it's toes that you most often stub: "Put your shoes on before you run around in the yard, or you'll stub your toe again!"

Definitions of stub

n the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)

cigar butt
small part of a cigar that is left after smoking
cigarette butt
small part of a cigarette that is left after smoking
the butt of a marijuana cigarette
Type of:
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact

n a small piece

“a stub of a pencil”
a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)
Type of:
part, piece
a portion of a natural object

n a short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost

Type of:
plant part, plant structure
any part of a plant or fungus

n the part of a check that is retained as a record

check stub, counterfoil
Type of:
anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

n a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt

ticket stub
rain check
a ticket stub entitling the holder to admission to a future event if the scheduled event was cancelled due to rain
Type of:
an acknowledgment (usually tangible) that payment has been made

v pull up (weeds) by their roots

Type of:
deracinate, extirpate, root out, uproot
pull up by or as if by the roots

v clear of weeds by uprooting them

stub a field”
Type of:
clear of weeds

v strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object

“She stubbed her toe in the dark and now it's broken”
Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with

v extinguish by crushing

stub out your cigarette now”
Type of:
blow out, extinguish, quench, snuff out
put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

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