stab

noun
\ ˈstab \

Definition of stab 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wound produced by a pointed object or weapon

2a : a thrust of a pointed weapon

b : a jerky thrust

3 : effort, try

4 : a sudden sharp feeling stabs of regret

stab

verb
stabbed; stabbing

Definition of stab (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wound or pierce by the thrust of a pointed object or weapon

2 : thrust, drive

intransitive verb

: to thrust or give a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon

stab in the back

: betray

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Other words from stab

Verb

stabber noun

Examples of stab in a Sentence

Noun

the injection left a small stab on her upper arm everybody will get a stab at solving the problem

Verb

He stabbed her with a dagger. The victim was stabbed in the chest five times.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police were called about 11:30 p.m. The waitress was taken to Piedmont Henry Hospital, where she was treated for the stab wound and other abrasions and released. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Applebee’s waitress was stabbed after she brushed up against diner’s leg, cops say," 13 July 2018 Surgery to evaluate internal injuries related to the stab wound resulted in an incision from the victim’s chest to his belly button that required 34 staples to close, the arrest warrant says. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester Police Arrest Suspect In Stabbing," 4 May 2018 Police said the stab wound was superficial and did not appear to have harmed the fetus. Washington Post, "Second set of human bones found in SE," 28 Apr. 2018 Police say Tiffany's body had a laceration to her neck and stab wounds in her abdomen and chest. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Cops: Woman accused of murdering wife called it a "mistake"," 6 Apr. 2018 Members of the court were shown a drawing of the multiple stabs to Wall's torso. Jan M. Olsen, chicagotribune.com, "Murder trial begins for Danish inventor accused of killing journalist on submarine," 8 Mar. 2018 The latest stab is Il Solito, a new Italian-American restaurant taking over the former Pazzo space this spring. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "New Italian-American restaurant coming to longtime Pazzo space with former Renata chef at the helm," 5 Mar. 2018 Like Navarro and Kudlow, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also called Trudeau's comments a stab in the back to Trump. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Trump's team accuses Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing him in the back," 10 June 2018 Kavanagh made another fine defensive play in the sixth with a diving stab in the hole and a strong throw to first to thwart a potential rally. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball rolls past Paintsville in state quarterfinals," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Froman talks about the trial of the teenager who stabbed her. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Into dark cycle of Mideast revenge, this group tries to bring light," 28 June 2018 Biel, who starred in the first season as Cora, a woman with a dark history who stabbed a man to death in broad daylight at the beach, won't appear in the second season. refinery29.com, "Jessica Biel Made The Sinner Season 2 Even More Disturbing," 14 June 2018 The former New York City nanny convicted of murder for fatally stabbing two children in her care was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Nanny Convicted of Murdering Two in Her Care Gets Life Sentence," 14 May 2018 Yoselyn Ortega, 56, was found guilty in April of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for stabbing Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, to death in their Upper West Side home in Manhattan in October 2012. Amir Vera, CNN, "Manhattan nanny gets life in prison for murdering 2 children in her care," 14 May 2018 Counterterrorism investigators are working to determine whether the man who stabbed five people in a busy neighborhood in the heart of the French capital Saturday night had any help. Angela Charlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Authorities were keeping an eye on Paris attacker," 13 May 2018 Jimenez, who was stabbed more than 20 times, died less than hour after the attack at a hospital, reported the Courier Post. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A married couple left church — and witnessed a murder on their way home, records show | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 The most recent incident to capture headlines involved an Asheville area man who fatally stabbed his 6-year-old daughter in 2016. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Road-rage shooting closes popular stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Meyers said officers got to the area and met with the person who had been stabbed at the intersection of Lakewood Creek Drive and Oakmont Drive, which appears slightly northeast of the northeast end of Margaret Drive. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Montgomery police continue to investigate early Monday stabbing," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stab

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for stab

Noun

Middle English stabbe

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stab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

stab

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stab (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

stab

noun
\ ˈstab \

Kids Definition of stab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : thrust entry 2 sense 1 His first stab missed.

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

stab

verb
stabbed; stabbing

Kids Definition of stab (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

stab

noun
\ ˈstab \

Medical Definition of stab 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wound produced by a pointed object or weapon

2a : a culture medium solidified in an upright column in a tube to reduce the surface to a minimum — compare slant

b : stab culture

stabbed; stabbing

Medical Definition of stab (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wound or pierce by the thrust of a pointed object or weapon

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