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 The victim underwent surgery for at least 13 stab wounds, including to the neck and chest. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Ely teen charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing brother," 14 Oct. 2020 An autopsy showed Saleh died from five stab wounds to the neck and torso, according to the criminal complaint. Lauren Del Valle And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Man pleads not guilty to 1st-degree murder in gruesome killing of tech CEO Fahim Saleh," 13 Oct. 2020 The men suffered stab wounds to their backs, arms and chests, authorities said. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Man indicted with first-degree murder in stabbing deaths of his grandfather, roommate," 13 Oct. 2020 Four people with stab wounds sustained during the brawl turned up at two hospitals, Martinez said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four stabbed, shots fire in midnight melee in Kearny Mesa," 8 Oct. 2020 The man who died suffered several stab wounds, according to police. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man stabbed to death in Cleveland’s Cudell neighborhood, police say," 6 Oct. 2020 Some modern commentary detects, in her Lot’s-wife posture, a critical stab at the corruption of the monarchic state—as if no one at the time could have noticed it. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Goya and the Art of Survival," 14 Sep. 2020 Crowds of spectral, legless virtual fans are part of the league's stab at preserving the ambiance of pre-pandemic basketball. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder," 31 Aug. 2020 Not because taking off Wednesday and Thursday a week after training camp started — is the precursor to the beginning of the end of Notre Dame’s stab at playing fall football in 2020, but because of the lack of reassurances that the opposite is true. Eric Hansen, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Notre Dame facing uncertainty as football program hits pause," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last month a man used a meat cleaver to stab two people outside the former Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Terrorism investigation underway after French police shoot and kill man who decapitated teacher in Paris," 16 Oct. 2020 Police were called to the dorm after a mostly white group of 10 students falsely accused Evans of threatening to stab someone with scissors, Kallinen said. NBC News, "Black college student says campus police stormed into dorm after false report," 29 Sep. 2020 But at some point in the early hours of Sept. 14, a group of around 10 female students told a resident adviser that Evans had threatened to stab them with scissors. Washington Post, "‘This could have been a Breonna Taylor:’ Police stormed a Black student’s dorm after a false report," 28 Sep. 2020 Mendoza said Newcomb got upset and argued with the teens, during which Newcomb to stab Smith. oregonlive, "Police arrest man who allegedly stabbed 18-year-old on Clackamas bike path," 26 Sep. 2020 When one of the students offered him water, the person threatened to stab the student, then lunged at the student and hit him in the face, the release said. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "University of St. Thomas student assaulted by a group in St. Paul," 26 Sep. 2020 Just stab yourself, the voices in my head chant, drowning out my thoughts. Yasmin Lajoie, refinery29.com, "“Tomorrow I’ll Be Someone Else”: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder," 3 Sep. 2020 If that’s not enough, stab a stick into the ground in a sunny spot during midday. Popular Science, "10 caveperson survival skills you need to know," 31 Aug. 2020 Good, because in the general election some distraught people may see Trump’s name on the ballot and stab their eyes out with the pen, thus contracting COVID. James Lileks, National Review, "Going Postal," 20 Aug. 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

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stab. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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