stab

noun
\ ˈstab How to pronounce stab (audio) \

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

intransitive verb

: to thrust or give a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon
stab in the back

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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 Officers found the victim on the ground in front of the home with an apparent stab wound to her chest, police said. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Woman fatally stabbed during argument with another woman at Akron home, police say," 1 July 2020 Two children and one woman are dead and a man found with stab wounds is in critical condition Sunday, Phoenix police said. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, "Police find 2 kids and a woman dead, man in critical condition with stab wounds in Phoenix," 29 June 2020 Imran Khan delivered the stab in a rambling budget speech in parliament, attacking his predecessors’ foreign policies and saying that Pakistan’s partnership with the United States in the war on terror was a mistake. Time, "Pakistan's Prime Minister Says U.S. 'Martyred' Osama bin Laden," 26 June 2020 The Harris Poll has taken a stab at answering that question, surveying American attitudes about each company’s resolve, integrity, responsiveness and permanence. David Meyer, Fortune, "The companies that have proved their value in this crisis," 15 June 2020 Some lawmakers have already taken a meager stab at immigration benefits for essential personnel. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "America Owes More to Its “Essential” Immigrant Workers," 19 June 2020 Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told local station WPVI that the 27-year-old had suffered stab wounds and trauma to the head and face, and her body was found with both legs severed. CBS News, "Arrest warrant issued in murder of Dominique Fells, Philadelphia black transgender woman killed in "heartless and cruel" slaying," 18 June 2020 That is not an especially helpful range of estimates, so a pair of physicists in the UK recently took another stab at it and arrived at a remarkably specific conclusion. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Trouble With Counting Aliens," 18 June 2020 According to a complaint: In addition to the stab wounds, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office found evidence of blunt force trauma to Dzhyndzhyrystyy's head. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brown Deer man was stabbed 56 times in a prostitution visit gone awry, complaint says," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eye-witness Lawrence Wort told Britain's Press Association news agency that people were sitting on the grass when a man shouted something unintelligible and began attempting to stab people. NBC News, "American citizen among those killed in U.K. terror attack," 21 June 2020 The argument between the two was captured on phone video, including a portion where Moreira-Gonzalez threatened to stab the victim, police reports said. Don Reid, Detroit Free Press, "Miami man charged in stabbing death of Texas man at Mich. motel," 16 June 2020 If that’s not enough, stab a stick into the ground in a sunny spot during midday. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Primitive Survival Skills that Will Keep You Alive," 26 May 2020 As a result, rumors began to circulate that Germany’s new, civilian government—and other popular scapegoats, such as Marxists and Jews—had stabbed the military in the back. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why Germany surrendered twice in World War II," 6 May 2020 On February 4th three foreigners were stabbed in a suburb of Malé, the capital. The Economist, "A tale of two viruses Jihad is as contagious as covid-19 in the Maldives," 19 Mar. 2020 There, Sarra stabbed her mother 227 times, as well as hit her with a fire extinguisher. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Heartbreaking Ending You Didn’t See On Netflix’s Lost Girls," 18 Mar. 2020 As a wave of knife crime has commanded U.K. headlines, Hus has been arrested for carrying a blade, has been stabbed himself, and has been criticized as glorifying violence. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Rappers Who Are Breaking Up With Britain," 9 Mar. 2020 The pair is accused of fatally stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega, a 35-year-old Italian paramilitary policeman, in the early hours of July 26 after a drug deal gone wrong. Guy Davies, ABC News, "Murder trial for American teens accused of killing Italian cop in Rome begins," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for stab

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The first known use of stab was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stab. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for stab

stab

noun
How to pronounce stab (audio)

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
informal : 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 How to pronounce stab (audio) \

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 How to pronounce stab (audio) \

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
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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