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

Most recently, on Aug. 13, a transgender woman died from eight stab wounds in Mexico City, local media reported. NBC News, "Trans women in Mexico fight for justice as murders go unpunished," 10 Sep. 2019 The victims were taken to hospitals with stab wounds and cuts to their arms and torsos. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two men stabbed during fight in alley in the community of Rolando," 8 Sep. 2019 Police arrived to find three victims who had suffered stab wounds. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Woman arrested after Phoenix stabbing that left 1 dead, 2 injured, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 Police responded to the area of 36 West Eagle St. at around 11:24 p.m. Tuesday and saw Ramos suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said in a statement. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Man stabbed to death in East Boston Tuesday identified," 5 Sep. 2019 A day later, Holminski was dead from multiple stab wounds and Steward was alone, in the middle of the woods, also nursing several cuts that authorities later determined were self-inflicted. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Murder conviction upheld for East Bay man who killed friend during camping trip," 4 Sep. 2019 Officers found the victim suffering from severe stab wounds at about 12:08 a.m. in the 100 block of Eddy Street, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after Tenderloin stabbing," 3 Sep. 2019 The step-father, who is 42 years old, was airlifted in serious condition with several stab wounds from the machete. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Couple wanted for machete attack on woman's stepfather in Clodine," 27 Aug. 2019 Officers found the man with several stab wounds to the chest inside of the store, police said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Man stabbed several times at Elyria gas station dies, police say," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Beebs was released by the officer to aid in apprehending the individual and was subsequently stabbed by the man. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Police: K-9 stabbed in head with screwdriver multiple times by man," 7 Sep. 2019 Police said that around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, a 25-year-old man walked into St. Agnes Hospital after being stabbed in the neck. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man charged with murder in stabbing death in city," 6 Sep. 2019 The 52-year-old Redlands man who was fatally stabbed over Labor Day weekend was raising the suspect’s daughter, Detective Jeff Frisch said. Joe Nelson, The Mercury News, "California man stabbed to death was raising suspect’s daughter, police say," 4 Sep. 2019 Despite being stabbed repeatedly in the chest, the wounded man, 33, is expected to make a full recovery, Lt. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford police make arrest in stabbing, saying accused and victim were smoking crack," 4 Sep. 2019 Sirhan Sirhan, who shot and killed Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, has been hospitalized after being stabbed in a prison near San Diego, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan hospitalized after prison stabbing," 31 Aug. 2019 Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, has been hospitalized after being stabbed in a San Diego prison Friday afternoon, California corrections officials said. Fox News, "Sirhan Sirhan, RFK's assassin, stabbed in California prison, officials say," 31 Aug. 2019 The victims were allegedly stabbed to death early Saturday morning and the mother's boyfriend has been arrested A young Florida woman and her mother are dead after they were allegedly attacked by her mother’s boyfriend and tried to run for help. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Aspiring Nurse and Mom Are Killed in Fla. Home Along With Dog — and Mother’s Boyfriend Is Suspect," 28 Aug. 2019 On July 9, the Arizona Humane Society Second Chance Hospital treated a dog who was left to die after being stabbed by its owner at a Phoenix home. Alexa Fuenmayor, azcentral, "New animal cruelty legislation goes into effect Tuesday," 27 Aug. 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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