from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- transitive v. To plunge (a pointed weapon or instrument) into something.
- transitive v. To make a thrusting or poking motion at or into: stabbed the air with his fingers.
- intransitive v. To thrust with or as if with a pointed weapon: stabbed at the food with her fork.
- intransitive v. To inflict a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- n. A thrust with a pointed weapon or instrument.
- n. A wound inflicted with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- n. A sudden piercing pain.
- n. An attempt; a try: made a stab at the answer.
- idiom stab (someone) in the back To harm (someone) by treachery or betrayal of trust.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of stabbing or thrusting with an object.
- n. A wound made by stabbing.
- n. Pain inflicted on a person's feelings.
- n. An attempt.
- n. Criticism.
- v. To pierce or to wound with a pointed tool or weapon, especially a knife or dagger.
- v. To recklessly hit with the tip of a pointed object, such as a weapon or finger (often used with at).
- v. To cause a sharp, painful sensation (often used with at).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pierce with a pointed weapon; to wound or kill by the thrust of a pointed instrument; ; also, to thrust.
- transitive v. Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander.
- intransitive v. To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive v. To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon.
- n. The thrust of a pointed weapon.
- n. A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon.
- n. Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To puncture, pierce, or wound with or as with a pointed weapon, especially with a knife or dagger.
- To thrust or plunge, as a pointed weapon.
- Figuratively, to pierce or penetrate; inflict keen or severe pain upon: injure secretly, as by slander or malicious falsehoods: as, to stab one in the back (that is, to slander one behind his back).
- In masonry, to pick (a brick wall) so as to make it rough, and thereby afford a hold for plaster.
- To aim a blow with a dagger or other pointed weapon, either literally or figuratively: as, to stab at a person.
- To wound; be extremely cutting.
- n. A thrust or blow with the point of a weapon, especially a dagger.
- n. A wound made with a sharp-pointed weapon.
- n. A wound given in the dark; a treacherous injury.
- In bookbinding, to perforate near the back folds (the assembled sections of an unbound book). This operation is immediately followed by the insertion of the thread or wire which secures the sections together.
- n. In bacteriology, a culture of bacteria produced by stabbing the inoculating needle into the solid medium. See culture.
- n. In billiards, a foreshortened stroke, causing the cue-ball, for some special reason, to stop in the place of the one it set in motion.
- n. See the extracts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. use a knife on
- n. a sudden sharp feeling
- v. stab or pierce
- n. a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
- v. poke or thrust abruptly
- n. informal words for any attempt or effort
Middle English stabben.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in Middle English, probably from Scottish Gaelic stob ("to prick, to prod, to push, to thrust"). (Wiktionary)