noun \ˈstab\

: a wound made by a pointed weapon (such as a knife)

: a sudden, strong feeling of physical or emotional pain

: an attempt to do something successfully

Full Definition of STAB

:  a wound produced by a pointed object or weapon
a :  a thrust of a pointed weapon
b :  a jerky thrust
:  effort, try
:  a sudden sharp feeling <stabs of regret>

Examples of STAB

  1. <the injection left a small stab on her upper arm>
  2. <everybody will get a stab at solving the problem>

Origin of STAB

Middle English stabbe
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with STAB



: to wound (someone or something) with a pointed weapon (such as a knife)

: to quickly or suddenly push a pointed object into or toward someone or something


Full Definition of STAB

transitive verb
:  to wound or pierce by the thrust of a pointed object or weapon
:  thrust, drive
intransitive verb
:  to thrust or give a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon
stab·ber noun
stab in the back
:  betray

Examples of STAB

  1. He stabbed her with a dagger.
  2. The victim was stabbed in the chest five times.

First Known Use of STAB



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