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

Perry’s girlfriend was found inside the residence suffering from a stab wound to her lower back that was not life threatening, the statement said; the victim said Perry had stabbed her after an argument and fled with his two children. — Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Maryland man charged with assault after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in Gaithersburg," 11 July 2018 The premier convened a cabinet meeting on Friday at her Chequers country retreat to take another stab at agreeing to a proposal on trade with the EU. BostonGlobe.com, "Rolls Royce adds to Brexit alarm sounded by UK manufacturers," 5 July 2018 An autopsy determined that Burke died of multiple stab and incised wounds. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Woman charged in gruesome slaying of her grandmother in their Ambler home," 5 June 2018 Yet, a global group of scientists will take another stab at it, reports The Guardian. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Scientists, using DNA, will try again to find the Loch Ness monster," 23 May 2018 The list provided to the AP, which covered 34 assaults through March 27, did not include an attack at a Morganton prison that hospitalized a worker with stab or slash wounds. charlotteobserver, "Since escape attempt, dozens of NC prisons workers have missed work after assaults | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 If Bitcoin is a currency, and currencies have value, surely some kind of stab—even in the dark—should be made at gauging its worth. Lionel Laurent, Bloomberg.com, "What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery," 19 Apr. 2018 Most died of stab or slash wounds; the remainder appeared to have been beaten, Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. Victoria Mckenzie, CBS News, "Are cellphones really to blame for spike in S.C. prison violence?," 19 Apr. 2018 Two teens, ages 15 and 17, suffered several stab and slice wounds in the attack. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Trio vowed 'street justice' before stabbing two teens in Cleveland, police say," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Godejohn allegedly stabbed Dee Dee to death while Gypsy hid in the bathroom. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Nicholas Godejohn? Inside Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Relationship With Her Mother's Killer," 3 Apr. 2019 After a 911 call from a concerned neighbor, the police obtained a search warrant and found Dee Dee stabbed to death in the bedroom. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 Police said the family was stabbed and shot during an apparent robbery. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Who killed this Sacramento family three decades ago? Police offer $50,000 for clues," 16 June 2018 Copeland was arrested six months later, accused of stabbing another live-in boyfriend multiple times in another domestic squabble, according to the Sheriff's Office. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "In a tequila-fueled fight, he asked, 'What are you going to do, shoot me?' She did, police say," 14 June 2018 The film goes on to reimagine the case of the Manson murders, which saw an eight-and-a-half month pregnant Tate stabbed to death, along with four friends. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Trailer for Hilary Duff's 'The Haunting of Sharon Tate' Is Full Terror," 8 Jan. 2019 As America comes to grips with yet another mass shooting, this one in Thousand Oaks, California, Australia is reeling from a terrorist attack in Melbourne that saw three people stabbed, one of whom died. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Why? Gun control.," 11 Nov. 2018 Investigators determined she had been raped and fatally stabbed with an ice pick. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Investigators determined she had been raped and fatally stabbed with an ice pick. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 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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