What is the meaning of stab?


  • A sudden sharp feeling.
    • usage: "pangs of regret"; "she felt a stab of excitement"; "twinges of conscience"
  • A strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument.
    • usage: "one strong stab to the heart killed him"
  • Informal words for any attempt or effort.
    • usage: "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting"


  • Use a knife on.
    • usage: "The victim was knifed to death"
  • Stab or pierce.
    • usage: "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"
  • Poke or thrust abruptly.
    • usage: "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
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APAWordNet. (2010). stab. Retrieved January 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/stab/definitions/1193707
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "stab" http://smartdefine.org/stab/definitions/1193707 (accessed January 22, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, stab, Smart Define, viewed 22 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/stab/definitions/1193707>.
MLAWordNet. "stab" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/stab/definitions/1193707>
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