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

Officers responded to a report of a stabbing and discovered a man suffering from a stab wound. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 6 June 2019 The sleek and stylish earbuds were made in collaboration with the headphone brand Master & Dynamic, and marks the French fashion house's first stab at audio tech. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is Already Wearing Those $995 Louis Vuitton Airpods," 1 Feb. 2019 That's our imaginative stab at a storyline, but the fun of Virtual Self is letting your own imagination run wild. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Porter Robinson Shares More About Virtual Self in 'Ghost Voices' Video: Watch," 28 Feb. 2018 Cassandra Steward, 53, was found with multiple stab wounds shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday in an apartment in the 2600 block of West National Avenue. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police identify two women, man killed in recent violence," 4 June 2019 The victim was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a residence on the 800 block of Chester Park Drive just before 8:30 p.m., according to the Duluth Police Department. Tom Olsen, Twin Cities, "Woman, 41, fatally stabbed in Duluth home; man arrested at scene," 4 June 2019 Some say that Jaime may have sacrificed himself in order to protect Cersei, knowing that his stab wounds would bring his demise anyway. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "This 'Game of Thrones' Theory Suggests Jaime Lannister Didn't Really Die," 17 May 2019 Plus, there was the fact that the gross Euron had managed to inflict a fair few stab wounds onto Jaime earlier in the episode, so the odds weren’t exactly in his favor. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "This 'Game of Thrones' Theory Suggests Jaime Lannister Didn't Really Die," 17 May 2019 One had a visible wound to the head and stab wounds to the torso, and the ship's doctor pronounced that crew member dead. Fox News, "Fishing crew member charged with murder in attack at sea," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is charged with stabbing to death a teenage Islamic State fighter under his care in Iraq in 2017 and then holding his reenlistment ceremony with the body. CBS News, "Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife to change not-guilty plea in misuse of campaign funds case," 13 June 2019 Early Thursday, a city man died after being stabbed in a Wethersfield Avenue apartment. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Ten arrested in Hartford prostitution sting targeting those who pay for sex, police say," 13 June 2019 Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is charged with stabbing to death a teenage Islamic State fighter under his care in Iraq in 2017 and then holding his reenlistment ceremony with the body. Time, "Wife of Rep. Duncan Hunter Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charge, Faces 5 Years in Prison," 13 June 2019 Jewel Battle was granted immunity from prosecution in the 2018 stabbing death of 57-year-old Dale Ervin Jones. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Murder charge dismissed in Huntsville stabbing death," 7 June 2019 The first two episodes pick up where season one left off, with Villanelle recovering from being stabbed by Eve. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Killing Eve's Villanelle is the Queer Fashion Icon of My Twisted Lesbian Dreams," 3 May 2019 For Kvitová, who is a two-time Wimbledon singles champion, this was her first attempt at winning a major title since being stabbed in a home invasion in 2016. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Naomi Osaka Claims Her Second Grand Slam Title," 26 Jan. 2019 Koh, a former Louis Vuitton model, was arrested in January along with two others for stabbing Uzoka in the heart during a heated argument allegedly fueled by Koh’s jealousy over Uzoka’s successful career. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Former Louis Vuitton Model Found Guilty of Murdering Fellow Male Model," 14 Aug. 2018 Now, Kinner faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of a 3-year-old girl in Boise, as well as eight aggravated battery charges for allegedly stabbing eight other people last Saturday night. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Will prosecutors seek death penalty for man accused of stabbing toddler? That depends.," 5 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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