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

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 suffered multiple stab wounds and died on scene, police said. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Nov. 2021 Robert Omega Abasolo, 30, of Oakland was found with multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2021 John O’Leary, familiar to local rock listeners since the mid-1970s, was found dead with stab wounds in the backyard of his home on Candler Street, police said Monday afternoon. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2021 Four of the stab wounds would have been fatal on their own, MacDougall testified. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Nov. 2021 The officer’s injuries included stab wounds to his head and chest, Ortega said. John Spink, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Inmates at Parchman have alleged that chronic staff shortages and rampant violence have led some prisoners to insert their own catheters, treat their own stab wounds and suffer through seizures without medication. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 According to an autopsy report, Katherine Janness, 40, suffered more than 50 stab wounds to her face, neck, and torso the night of her death in July. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 13 Nov. 2021 Police in Pennsylvania have charged a man with homicide after authorities found a body with multiple stab wounds along railroad tracks in Scott Township Thursday evening. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Officer Balbontin had used a folding knife to fatally stab her 20 times in the head, chest and back. jsonline.com, 27 Oct. 2021 The suspect ordered the man to remove his sunglasses to reveal his eyes before trying to stab him, according to the report. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 In Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them, police said, identifying her as a resident of the West Bank. NBC News, 30 Sep. 2021 The fall doesn’t kill him, so Joe’s gotta get down there and stab him with an X-Acto knife FOUR TIMES. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 18 Oct. 2021 But when Lenhart told Davis the bus was not going to Road 100, Davis allegedly pulled out a knife and began to stab the 72-year-old. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 The movie’s first half-hour is a chain-reaction pileup of sadistic violence, nearly all of it meted out by Alexia, a prodigious serial killer (and promising arsonist) who likes to stab her victims through the ear with her hair stick. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors allege Lathem and a British man, Andrew Warren, met up in Chicago to execute a death pact, in which Warren would shoot Lathem and Lathem would stab Warren. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Bender then reportedly charged at a deputy while still armed with a knife and tried to stab him. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 28 July 2021

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Stab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stab. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for stab

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
: 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

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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