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 medical examiner said the older woman died of a stab wound to the chest and that her death was ruled a suicide. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Thai student deaths in Seattle ruled murder-suicide," 7 Sep. 2018 Keith Lee was treated at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington for a stab wound and released. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman accused of stabbing husband, then stabbing her husband's motorcycle," 4 July 2018 Court records said the 36-year-old man had a stab wound to the chest. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "She attacked a man and his wife with a spike, but she didn't stop there, records say | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Floating into the aether feels less permanent than a stab wound or an explosion. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Let's Talk About That Avengers: Infinity War Ending," 27 Apr. 2018 The other man suffered lacerations on his forehead and ear, and a stab wound to his right calf. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Two hospitalized in Wildwood fight involving gun, knife," 16 Apr. 2018 Baum could face the death penalty if convicted in the deaths of Otteson and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Riley Powell, who authorities say suffered a stab wound to his groin. CBS News, "Utah man forced girl to watch killing of boyfriend before she was slain, prosecutors say," 4 Apr. 2018 Leon Frazier was bleeding profusely from a stab wound when a visitor found him outside the West Park rooming house where Frazier lived, authorities said. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man dies in stabbing outside his West Park rooming house," 10 Apr. 2018 Fitzpatrick was found dead inside the home from a stab wound to the upper body, the court statement read. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "New details emerge in Phoenix home invasion murder, arson," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The monster is eventually stabbed to death in remarkably low-tech fashion. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Meg film review: We’re going to need a stupider boat," 10 Aug. 2018 Courtesy Grand Prairie Police Department Someone stabbed Ray 46 times and then, in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, set items on the kitchen stove and turned on the burners. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "He worked to steer troubled youths from crime, but Ray Hernandez died a murder victim," 2 July 2018 One of the suspects had been stabbed and was transported to a nearby hospital with lacerations to his head and torso. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Stabbing Near Blue Hills Avenue, 2 Men Arrested," 19 June 2018 Last month, Christopher Weise was stabbed in downtown Placerville. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Police seek Placerville stabbing victim who stabbed back at his attacker," 17 June 2018 Adhia said other common scenarios in the study were fights escalating into deadly gun violence or stabbing. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Teen Girls Are Killed By a Current or Ex Partner More Often Than We Think," 18 Apr. 2019 The sequence shows Leaf stabbing the heart of a man with a shard of dragonglass, causing his eyes to turn blue, showing his transformation into a White Walker. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Origins of the White Walkers' Terrifying Spiral Symbol in Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 The messages include violent prompts about stabbing people, taking pills, and even killing yourself. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "What Is The Momo Challenge on Instagram and YouTube?," 27 Feb. 2019 Europe has experienced several recent attacks, including the New Year’s Eve multiple stabbing at a railway station in Manchester, England, and the December 2018 attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Bruce Hoffman And Seth G. Jones, WSJ, "Early Withdrawal Will Lead to More Terrorism," 10 Jan. 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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