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

intransitive verb

: to thrust or give a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon
stab in the back

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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 Police in the eastern Contra Costa city responded shortly after 9:30 a.m. to reports of trouble, and arrived to find the father, 37, with multiple stab wounds. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Brentwood juvenile charged with stabbing father to death," 10 Jan. 2021 Officers found Jermaine Maurice Holloway, 49, at a bus stop with several stab wounds, police said. Dallas News, "Man dies after being found with stab wounds at southeast Oak Cliff bus stop," 2 Jan. 2021 According to police, Bemer suffered two stab wounds to the back, five to the leg and one to the chest, along with a 3-inch laceration to his shoulder and a broken femur. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Warrant: Glastonbury businessman Bruce Bemer attacked with two steak knives, stabbed eight times," 31 Dec. 2020 In a smoldering Woodland Hills home, firefighters found a man slumped against a bathroom wall, a dozen stab wounds in his head, neck and back. Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, "Seven days, 29 killings: L.A. County’s deadliest week reveals pain, inequity and injustice," 29 Dec. 2020 Burk was unresponsive and slumped over the steering wheel, with what appeared to be stab wounds. NBC News, "UPS employee confessed to fatally attacking co-worker found stabbed in truck, warrant says," 25 Dec. 2020 Upon arrival, officers found a woman, later identified as Alice Cawly, 58, of Little Rock, lying on the ground of a hotel room suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Man, 62, arrested in fatal stabbing at North Little Rock hotel, police say," 24 Dec. 2020 In addition to stab wounds and burns, Deputy District Attorney Jalyn Wang said the woman suffered a stroke as a result of the attack and has not fully recovered her vision. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pleads not guilty to stabbing, setting woman on fire in motel room," 23 Dec. 2020 Inside the church, officials found five people with at least one stab wound each. Vanessa Arredondo, SFChronicle.com, "Suspect in San Jose stabbing was on supervised release from jail in domestic violence case," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While his friends are splashed with color, their dialog filled with wonder and excitement, Omori is depicted as always silent, with a blank, emotionless stare—his special ability being the ability to stab and slash at the world around him. Julie Fukunaga, Wired, "Omori Is the Horror RPG of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)," 12 Jan. 2021 The guard confronted Bedeker and grabbed the weapon from his hand, trying to stab him, according to the affidavit. oregonlive, "Man arrested after attacking Portland security guard, kneeling on his neck, records allege," 5 Jan. 2021 As Kolb walked back toward him, the officer shot him twice, saying afterward that Kolb was about to stab him. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Placer County pays $9.9 million to medically compromised man shot twice by deputy," 1 Dec. 2020 LaBeouf has been arrested in the past for robbery, attempting to stab a neighbor, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated and other offenses. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "FKA twigs thanks Sia for her support after accusing Shia LaBeouf of abuse," 14 Dec. 2020 That’s when Coe, the affidavit states, entered the room and tried to stab her. oregonlive, "Matt Choi died trying to stop intruder from stabbing girlfriend, records show," 20 Nov. 2020 The stories stuck to the official account released by the Sheriff’s Department, which framed Kolb as a distraught man who was shot after attempting to stab a deputy with a sharp instrument. Los Angeles Times, "After a rare shooting by a deputy at Lake Tahoe left a Silicon Valley engineer paralyzed, a huge payout," 1 Dec. 2020 Deputy Sheriff Todd Moore testified about Jim going missing for seven days, and said he was found wielding the knife used to stab Christy — forcing Deputy Moore to draw his gun and give a warning. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Prizefighter Christy Martin on facing her biggest battle outside of the ring," 14 Nov. 2020 He had been arrested in April on suspicion of stabbing two people and attempting to stab a third during a fight in Spring Valley, police said. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three arrested in countywide armed robbery spree," 26 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for stab

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The first known use of stab was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stab. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for stab

stab

noun
How to pronounce stab (audio)

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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