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
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 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.
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. Berkley.
2. To remove stubs from; as, to stub
3. To strike as the toes, against a stub,
stone, or other fixed object. [U. S.]