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

Joylyn Craig testified in a preliminary hearing that the coroner ruled both died from multiple stab wounds. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Prosecutors seek death penalty for both suspects in stabbing deaths of Birmingham grandparents," 16 July 2019 An autopsy performed Sunday confirmed that Johnson died of multiple stab wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Police release images of people sought in fatal Red Line stabbing," 15 July 2019 Minor stab wounds were also found on her body, but police said they were not believed to be the cause of her death. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The body of Oakland native Suzanne Eaton was found in a former Nazi bunker in Greece," 11 July 2019 Police responding to a call in downtown Boston at 4 p.m. on Wednesday found a female EMT suffering from multiple stab wounds, Boston Police Department said Thursday. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Two Boston EMTs assaulted, one stabbed multiple times, by a patient," 11 July 2019 Officers found the injured man on the ground suffering from stab wounds, and started life-saving measures. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police investigating after man stabbed to death in Carlsbad," 10 July 2019 Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany testified the duct tape could have caused Fulford to suffocate, and the stab wounds would have led her to bleed to death. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Jurors will continue deliberating sentence for convicted killer Scott Nelson on Thursday," 10 July 2019 Deputies convinced him to come out, and he was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment of stab wounds police determined were self-inflicted. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air teen found guilty of killing his mother with a hammer sentenced to 15 years," 8 July 2019 Upon arrival, police found an adult male and female suffering from apparent stab wounds. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Man dead, woman wounded in west-side stabbing," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The victim, who was not identified, had been stabbed multiple times, police said. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Man charged with murder after stabbing at Fort Worth apartment," 13 July 2019 Sloan stabbed Zach Stone once in the chest and then ran off, the affidavit says. oregonlive.com, "Man stabbed in chest in unprovoked attack in Portland’s Old Town, police say," 12 July 2019 Koffi stabbed a security guard with a landscape light, stole the guard’s truck and then hit two pedestrians, officials said. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "SF tech worker charged with attempted murder in alleged drug-induced rampage," 12 July 2019 One man, 75, was stabbed in the neck and another, 77, was knifed in the back, authorities said. NBC News, "Man goes on stabbing spree, strips off clothes in downtown Seattle attack," 9 July 2019 The victim then stabbed and killed one of the attackers, a woman who deputies have not identified because next of kin has not been notified, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange deputies looking for two people in fatal Apopka stabbing," 8 July 2019 Ciaccia noted the fight escalated and two more people were stabbed. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Fight at downtown Cleveland nightclub leaves two shot, two stabbed, police say," 7 July 2019 Police say that Dorcilien stabbed Rivera, at which point Rivera shot him. Jon O'neill, sun-sentinel.com, "Police: Dispute led to stabbing, shooting," 4 July 2019 Police said Crenshaw stabbed Coronado twice and fled. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Armless street artist stabbed Chicago tourist in Miami Beach, police say," 12 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
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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