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
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

The victim was rushed in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was treated for 39 stab wounds to her face, neck, stomach and skull, Jenkins said. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago woman who allegedly wore ‘Scream’ mask while repeatedly stabbing another woman is held without bond," 16 Sep. 2019 Police say officers responding to a call about a large fight in July 2005 found Byron J. Bryant, 20, suffering from stab wounds. Washington Post, "Local Digest: D.C.’s second-hottest day recorded on Thursday at 98 degrees," 13 Sep. 2019 Matthew Lindquest, 21, died of multiple stab wounds to the head, torso and extremities. David Owens, courant.com, "Griswold triple homicide: Neighbor describes finding friend’s home engulfed in flames," 16 Sep. 2019 Johnson’s body had multiple stab wounds and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the report said. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "After ex-girlfriend tracked iPhone to Sanford man’s body, suspected killer arrested on murder charge," 16 Sep. 2019 Bleeding profusely from her multiple stab wounds, Murphy runs after the hooded man down the hallway to the front door. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 Portland police who responded to the park found Kurt Bowen on the ground suffering from four stab wounds, three to the abdomen and one in the elbow, according to court documents. oregonlive, "Portland man accused of attempted murder, robbery stemming from stabbing in Tom McCall Waterfront Park," 13 Sep. 2019 An autopsy revealed Torres had 30 stab wounds on his body, a prosecutor said at Smith's probable cause hearing. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "MMA fighter charged with murder in stabbing death of brother-in-law," 13 Sep. 2019 Quick vertical and horizontal lines are underscored by staccato stabs of the brush. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: LACMA’s ‘Art of Korean Writing’ reveals the brilliance in each brushstroke," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ronald Franklin, 34, of the 1800 block of West Lake Street, faces charges of murder and arson in the stabbing death of Tyler Bernicky, 25, and the torching of his van June 15 in the 7800 block of South Ingleside Avenue, according to police. Liam Ford, chicagotribune.com, "Man charged in June stabbing death of fire lieutenant’s son, arson of his van on South Side after dispute over cash from sale of hydraulic car lifts," 14 Sep. 2019 Brent Vincent Carvajal, 35, was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Bradley Delbert Harshman, 43, Glendale police said Friday. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Glendale man arrested in roommate's stabbing death, police said," 30 Aug. 2019 Joseph Oberhansley, 38, faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted in connection with the 2014 stabbing death of Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, in her Jeffersonville home. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Mistrial Declared in Case of Man Accused of Killing Ex, Eating Organs After She Broke Up With Him," 23 Aug. 2019 Fullerton police said Chuyen Vo was taken into custody Wednesday night on murder charges in the stabbing death of 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan of Hacienda Heights. CBS News, "Co-worker arrested in killing of retired Cal State Fullerton administrator," 22 Aug. 2019 Police arrested a suspect in the stabbing death last week of a man in San Francisco’s Polk Gulch neighborhood, authorities said Wednesday. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "Injured man arrested in fatal stabbing after fight in SF’s Polk Gulch," 21 Aug. 2019 Angela Yvonne Allen was convicted of murder in Shelby County in 2011 for the stabbing death of 28-year-old Bobby Lee Bray and was sentenced to 85 years in prison. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Florida attorney suspended for working Alabama murder appeal," 19 Aug. 2019 Americans Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, were arrested on Friday in connection with the stabbing death of the officer Mario Cerciello Rega, 35. NBC News, "Italian says he was threatened by Americans accused of policeman's murder," 1 Aug. 2019 Natale Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, were arrested on Friday in Rome following the stabbing death of Carabinieri officer Mario Cerciello Rega, 35, in the early hours of Friday. Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times, "Italian police investigate blindfolding of California man held in officer’s killing," 28 July 2019

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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
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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