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

Jose Emanuel Raselbach is being held in lieu of $2 million bail after allegedly stabbing the three relatives about 10:30 p.m. Sunday on the 8700 block of Shoreham Drive, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Man arrested on suspicion of killing his father and wounding mother, sister in West Hollywood knife attack," 10 July 2018 There are 360-degree views of the valley, the undulating fjords, the craggy peaks of the Troll Wall to the north, stabbing the sky. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Emily’s first ceremony with Commander Lawrence doesn’t go according to plan, the plan being Emily concealing a knife in her robes and stabbing him to death during the act. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 An Edgewood man stabbed multiple times Saturday evening was in critical but stable condition at a Baltimore hospital, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Man, 44, stabbed in abdomen Saturday, suspects sought," 30 June 2018 Fifteen-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz of the Bronx was remembered on June 25, after he was stabbed to death outside of a bodega on June 20. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "15-Year-Old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz Mourned by Hundreds in the Bronx," 26 June 2018 The trailer started with some distinctly pre-apocalypse looking times, with Ellie attending a party—before cutting to her stabbing some dude in the neck, then picking off the rest of a party of raiders one at a time. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Sony PlayStation at E3: The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2, and unsurprising blockbusters," 11 June 2018 In another Louisville case, police charged a 61-year-old with stabbing another man with a hunting knife in the back during a fight over a gram of meth. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meth, deadlier than ever, could be the 'next phase of drug epidemic'," 3 May 2018 Two people were injured when they were stabbed in Haverhill Friday night, officials said. Alejandro Serrano, BostonGlobe.com, "Two people stabbed in Haverhill," 14 July 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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