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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another big-hearted, light-as-air stab at something different — a good try. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2022 McDormand and Washington are both in their 60s; their Macbeths are making a last stab at the throne. Jake Coyle, ajc, 22 Dec. 2021 Ronin stab her father amid a scuffle with the Tracksuits. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Inside, police found 74-year-old Bobbie Hill with multiple stab wounds. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 4 May 2022 Officers found Davis with stab wounds in the road around 2:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Southview Drive, where he was pronounced dead. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Police responded and transported one male victim in his 20s to a local hospital for treatment to stab wounds. Paul Best, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Shulman, head of Gazprom’s Invest transport service, was found with stab wounds to his wrists, while Tyulyakov was found hanged in a garage. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 Police on Tuesday found the bodies of two Russian women — a 53-year-old mother and an 18-year-old daughter — with stab wounds in bed in their house in the popular tourist town of Lloret de Mar, just north of Barcelona. CiarÁn Giles, ajc, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lopez – who was one of 16 prisoners on the bus – was reportedly able to remove his constraints before using an unknown object to stab the bus driver in the hand, according to Fox 26. Julia Musto, Fox News, 14 May 2022 Xiaoyan Zhu, 47, is accused of using a ceramic knife to stab a child on the morning of March 4, 2021. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 Esias Johnson was 23 when he was arrested in Queens in August, accused of chasing a man into a bank and threatening to stab him with a syringe and claiming to have AIDS. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Bishop allegedly attempted to stab Inox, but Inox’s protective vest saved him from injury. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 The men continued to stab the victim, and both men later ran away, police said. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Other images show someone appearing to try and stab a man sitting down with a sharp object. Fox News, 21 Apr. 2022 The previous day, Turner, who is fifty-six and has been sleeping at a city shelter, had been arrested on the Upper West Side for allegedly stealing bed comforters from a department store and threatening to stab an employee. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2021 Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl told the jury that Glover confessed to police and didn't stab Jolly in self-defense. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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

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18 May 2022

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“Stab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stab. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stab

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

stab

transitive verb
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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