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stab

noun \ ˈstab \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of stab

1 :a wound produced by a pointed object or weapon
2 a :a thrust of a pointed weapon
b :a jerky thrust
3 :effort, try
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

Recent Examples of stab from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of stab

Middle English stabbe


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stab

verb

Definition of stab

stabbed; stabbing
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

stabber

noun
stab in the back

Examples of stab in a Sentence

  1. He stabbed her with a dagger.

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

Recent Examples of stab from the Web

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First Known Use of stab

1530



STAB Defined for English Language Learners

stab

noun

Definition of stab for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of stab for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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stab

noun \ ˈstab \

Definition of stab for Students

1 :a wound produced by or as if by a pointed weapon
2 :2thrust 1
  • His first stab missed.
3 :2try, effort
  • Take a stab at the answer.

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stab

verb

Definition of stab for Students

stabbed; stabbing
1 :to wound or pierce with or as if with a pointed weapon
2 :1drive 4, thrust
  • … Humbug gingerly stabbed his cane in the air …
  • —Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Medical Dictionary

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stab

noun \ ˈstab \

medical Definition of stab

1 :a wound produced by a pointed object or weapon
2 a :a culture medium solidified in an upright column in a tube to reduce the surface to a minimum — compare slant

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stab

transitive verb

medical Definition of stab

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


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