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 Remember, Boatwright believed that wound was inflicted after Carolyn was already dead from the stab wound to the lung. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?," 10 Aug. 2019 The woman who was killed died from a stab wound to the neck, Victor Joseph, who heads the Pittsburgh Police Department's violent crimes unit, said. NBC News, "Stabbing in Pittsburgh leaves one woman dead, another wounded by man with knife," 8 Aug. 2019 Officers were sent to investigate and found a man in his 20s suffering from a stab wound to his upper body, Chula Vista police Lt. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man fatally stabbed in Chula Vista fight," 24 July 2019 First responders found the victim, later identified as 41-year-old Jennifer Landry of Brockton, bleeding profusely and suffering from a stab wound to the right side of her neck, the release said. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall River woman charged in Brockton road rage killing held without bail," 1 July 2019 Patrick and Kevin Francke returned Sunday to the Dome Building, where their brother, Oregon prisons chief Michael Francke, was found dead from a stab wound to the heart three decades ago. oregonlive.com, "Frank Gable, convicted of killing Oregon prisons chief in 1989, will walk out of prison Friday," 27 June 2019 The victim was rushed in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was treated for 39 stab wounds to her face, neck, stomach and skull, Jenkins said. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago woman who allegedly wore ‘Scream’ mask while repeatedly stabbing another woman is held without bond," 16 Sep. 2019 Police say officers responding to a call about a large fight in July 2005 found Byron J. Bryant, 20, suffering from stab wounds. Washington Post, "Local Digest: D.C.’s second-hottest day recorded on Thursday at 98 degrees," 13 Sep. 2019 Matthew Lindquest, 21, died of multiple stab wounds to the head, torso and extremities. David Owens, courant.com, "Griswold triple homicide: Neighbor describes finding friend’s home engulfed in flames," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Police said the victim was stabbed with an unknown object. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "36-year-old man hospitalized after being stabbed in neck in Ocean Beach," 16 Sep. 2019 Martinez, 35, was running near her home at about 8 p.m. when she was stabbed several times. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Man who fatally stabbed D.C. jogger sentenced to 30 years in prison," 13 Sep. 2019 According to court documents, the 6-year-old ran to a neighbor’s apartment after he was stabbed and said his mother was trying to kill him. oregonlive, "Newport mom sentenced to 10 years for stabbing son, 6, told police ‘he deserved it’," 10 Sep. 2019 An autopsy determined that he was stabbed 14 times, including seven times in the chest, three in the back and once in the neck. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Man accused of murder in Minneapolis assaulted Metro Transit worker in St. Paul days prior, charges say," 27 Aug. 2019 In what likely are the final major rulings before trial, a DuPage County judge Tuesday denied a motion to quash the arrest and suppress a police interview of the man accused of the 2017 stabbing death of a Hinsdale woman. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "University Park man facing trial in stabbing death of Hinsdale woman fails in bid to have arrest, police interview quashed," 14 Aug. 2019 The victim later confronted the group on South Bishop Street and was stabbed in the lower part of this abdomen, police said. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Apparent stabbing victim in Westminster flown to shock trauma, no arrests made," 29 July 2019 Patterson was briefly a suspect in the North Richmond stabbing death of 23-year-old Isela Moreno on Thanksgiving Day 2015. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa deputies foil more plots to smuggle drugs into jail," 17 July 2019 Aisha Fraser, 45, Shaker Heights Fraser was a beloved Shaker Heights teacher prior to her Nov. 17, 2018 stabbing death. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Cleveland quadruple homicide is latest example in long line of restraining orders failing to protect women from abusers," 11 July 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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25 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for stab

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

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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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