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stab

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noun \ˈstab\

Simple Definition of stab

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stab

  1. 1 :  a wound produced by a pointed object or weapon

  2. 2a :  a thrust of a pointed weaponb :  a jerky thrust

  3. 3 :  effort, try

  4. 4 :  a sudden sharp feeling <stabs of regret>

Examples of stab in a sentence

  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


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stab

verb

Simple Definition of 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stab

stabbedstabbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wound or pierce by the thrust of a pointed object or weapon

  3. 2 :  thrust, drive

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to thrust or give a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon

stabber noun
stab in the back
  1. :  betray

Examples of stab in a sentence

  1. He stabbed her with a dagger.

  2. The victim was stabbed in the chest five times.



1530

First Known Use of stab

1530



STAB Defined for Kids

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stab

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noun \ˈstab\

Definition of stab for Students

  1. 1 :  a wound produced by or as if by a pointed weapon

  2. 2 :  2thrust 1 <His first stab missed.>

  3. 3 :  2try, effort <Take a stab at the answer.>




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stab

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verb

Definition of stab for Students

stabbedstabbing

  1. 1 :  to wound or pierce with or as if with a pointed weapon

  2. 2 :  1drive 4, thrust <… Humbug gingerly stabbed his cane in the air … — Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth>





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