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

Although video showed its insertion method as looking like a violent stab, the hardware protects the electrodes from damage at this point. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change," 13 Aug. 2019 Take two Sapphire Bay marks Rowlett’s second official stab at the project, which the kentcity has long eyed for the prime tract of land on a peninsula jutting out on Lake Ray Hubbard. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Surf’s up: Wave pool, Crystal Lagoon among plans unveiled at town hall for new $1B Rowlett development," 9 Aug. 2019 With that in mind, and with the Tigers taking the field for the first time this fall later today, AL.com takes a stab at where Auburn’s depth chart situation sits to open fall camp. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Projected 2019 Auburn depth chart to open fall practice," 2 Aug. 2019 On The Big Day, though, long stretches of party fare give way to stabs at emotional rawness that don’t quite connect. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Chance the Rapper Wants You to Get Married," 30 July 2019 West Ham had plenty of chances of their own, and despite the scoreline, were in the game for the majority of the match - offering hope that a few defensive improvements could lead to a potential stab at European qualification next season. SI.com, "Manchester City 4-1 West Ham: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Citizens Ease Past Hammers," 17 July 2019 Elijah Al-Amin was killed by a stab in the back and a slit to his throat on July 4 around 1:42 a.m. in Peoria, Arizona, according to AZCentral. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "#JusticeForElijah: White Man Kills Black Teen Over Rap Music," 8 July 2019 One, in a rare stab at humour, is called ORDEAL: Orbital Rate Display, Earth and Lunar. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 All four other victims died of stab wounds but Sebring and Frykowski also were shot with the same caliber revolver. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Savage Mystic Cult Blamed for 5 Tate Murders, 6 Others," 28 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Andre Johnson, who stabbed Burchfield, and Lawrence Woodard, convicted of ordering the killing, were sentenced to life without parole. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Death penalty upheld in 1985 slaying of San Quentin guard, despite recantation," 14 Aug. 2019 Gable was convicted in the January 1989 stabbing death of Oregon prisons chief Michael Francke, 42, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. oregonlive.com, "State files brief challenging judge’s order that demanded release or retrial of Frank Gable," 13 Aug. 2019 The victim, whom officials haven't yet identified, was found about 8:30 p.m. when police responded to a stabbing call to a business in the 9400 block of Larga Drive, near Webb Chapel Road. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Man fatally stabbed in northwest Dallas parking lot," 12 Aug. 2019 At trial, one of the platoon medics from Gallagher's team testified that while Gallagher stabbed the ISIS fighter, the medic himself killed him by cutting off his breathing tube. NBC News, "Head of U.S. special operations forces orders review of culture after SEALs, other scandals," 12 Aug. 2019 The stabbing happened Wednesday at a complex in the 2200 block of San Jose Drive, Acting Sgt. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Stabbing at Antioch apartment leaves man in critical condition," 9 Aug. 2019 That video made a reference to a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll, which the person behind the camera suggested should be stabbed in the heart. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell's campaign released from Twitter jail after suspension over critic's video," 9 Aug. 2019 The 26-year-old actress, Sebring and three others were bludgeoned, shot and stabbed scores of times. al, "Alabama born celebrity hairdresser died defending Sharon Tate from Manson Family," 9 Aug. 2019 The suspect then turned around and stabbed a second woman. CBS News, "2 women stabbed, 1 fatally, near police officer at downtown Pittsburgh bus stop," 8 Aug. 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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