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
  1. noun
    the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
    synonyms: butt
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    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
  2. noun
    a small piece
    “a stub of a pencil”
    synonyms: nub
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    a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)
    type of:
    part, piece
    a portion of a natural object
  3. noun
    a short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost
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    type of:
    plant part, plant structure
    any part of a plant or fungus
  4. noun
    the part of a check that is retained as a record
    synonyms: check stub, counterfoil
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    type of:
    anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
  5. noun
    a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt
    synonyms: ticket stub
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    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
  6. verb
    pull up (weeds) by their roots
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    type of:
    deracinate, extirpate, root out, uproot
    pull up by or as if by the roots
  7. verb
    clear of weeds by uprooting them
    stub a field”
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    type of:
    clear of weeds
  8. verb
    strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object
    “She stubbed her toe in the dark and now it's broken”
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    type of:
    collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
  9. verb
    extinguish by crushing
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    type of:
    blow out, extinguish, quench, snuff out
    put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
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