from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive verb To plunge (a pointed weapon or instrument) into something.
- intransitive verb To make a thrusting or poking motion at or into.
- intransitive verb To thrust with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive verb To inflict a wound with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- noun A thrust with a pointed weapon or instrument.
- noun A wound inflicted with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- noun A sudden piercing pain.
- noun An attempt; a try.
- idiom (stab (someone) in the back) To harm (someone) by treachery or betrayal of trust.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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
stabone 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
stabat a person.
- To wound; be extremely cutting.
- 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.
- noun A thrust or blow with the point of a weapon, especially a dagger.
- noun A wound made with a sharp-pointed weapon.
- noun A wound given in the dark; a treacherous injury.
- noun In bacteriology, a culture of bacteria produced by stabbing the inoculating needle into the solid medium. See
- noun 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.
- noun See the extracts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive verb To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive verb to offer or threaten to stab; to thrust a pointed weapon at.
- noun The thrust of a pointed weapon.
- noun A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon.
- noun Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly.
- transitive verb To pierce with a pointed weapon; to wound or kill by the thrust of a pointed instrument; ; also, to thrust.
- transitive verb Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An act of stabbing or
thrustingwith an object.
- noun A wound made by stabbing.
- noun Pain inflicted on a person's feelings.
- noun informal An
- verb transitive To
pierceor to woundwith a pointed toolor weapon, especially a knifeor dagger.
- verb intransitive To
recklesslyhit with the tipof a pointed object, such as a weaponor finger(often used with at).
- verb intransitive To cause a
sharp, painful sensation(often used with at).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb use a knife on
- noun a sudden sharp feeling
- verb stab or pierce
- noun a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
- verb poke or thrust abruptly
- noun informal words for any attempt or effort
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Bang went his stabbing assagai against his shield, and then _stab, stab, stab_, when he turned upon his feet as if upon a pivot, darting his weapon as if he were some fierce creature armed with
Rather than being spoken to like a kindergartner. * stab stab stab*
The Democrats will once again stab our troops in the back and vote against funding.
A taint stab is better because they may be too embarrassed to go to a doctor and die of blood loss/infection.
Are there any other Veterans outraged by McCain stab in the back?
Too, of course, the stab from a shorter distance at closer range, point-blank range, so to speak, is likely to be more accurate.
Over on the 17th green, while Nicklaus waited to take a vain stab at par, Palmer buried his right hand in his slacks and fumbled for a ballmarker long enough to inspire a nervous gallery moan.
The stab of the hypodermic syringe, different from the manner of administering morphine just under the skin, goes straight down and squarely down into the meat of the arm for half an inch; but the pang of the stab is no severer.
The hurt of the stab is over the instant the skin is punctured.
You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think: Answers to Questions from Angry Skeptics seems more than a pejorative stab, but rather, an astute observation of the narrow atheist view of reality, their unwillingness to concede science and reason's limitations, and other means of epistemology other than material empiricism.