a stabbing pain.
a stabbing remark.
incisive or trenchant:
a stabbing, satirical phrase.
verb (used with object), stabbed, stabbing.
to pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon:
She stabbed a piece of chicken with her fork.
to thrust, plunge, or jab (a knife, pointed weapon, or the like) into something:
He stabbed the knife into the man’s chest.
to penetrate sharply or painfully:
Their misery stabbed his conscience.
to make a piercing, thrusting, or pointing motion at or in: He stabbed me in the chest with his finger.
The speaker stabbed the air in anger.
verb (used without object), stabbed, stabbing.
to thrust with or as if with a knife or other pointed weapon:
to stab at an attacker.
to deliver a wound, as with a pointed weapon.
the act of stabbing.
a thrust or blow with, or as if with, a pointed weapon.
an attempt; try:
Make a stab at an answer before giving up.
a wound made by stabbing.
a sudden, brief, and usually painful, sensation: He felt a stab of pain in his foot.
A stab of pity ran through her.
a stab in the back, an act of treachery.
stab (someone) in the back, to do harm to (someone), especially to a friend or to a person who is unsuspecting or in a defenseless position.
verb stabs, stabbing, stabbed
(transitive) to pierce or injure with a sharp pointed instrument
(transitive) (of a sharp pointed instrument) to pierce or wound: the knife stabbed her hand
when intr, often foll by at. to make a thrust (at); jab: he stabbed at the doorway
(transitive) to inflict with a sharp pain
stab in the back
(verb) to do damage to the reputation of (a person, esp a friend) in a surreptitious way
(noun) a treacherous action or remark that causes the downfall of or injury to a person
the act or an instance of stabbing
an injury or rift made by stabbing
a sudden sensation, esp an unpleasant one: a stab of pity
(informal) an attempt (esp in the phrase make a stab at)
In addition to the idiom beginning with stab
- Stab cell
stab cell n. See band cell.
- Stab culture
stab culture n. A culture made by inserting an inoculating needle with inoculum down the center of a solid medium contained in a test tube.
- Stab drain
stab drain n. A drain passed into a cavity through a puncture made adjacent to a surgical wound to prevent the wound from becoming infected.
stabilate sta·bi·late (stā’bə-lāt’) n. A population of organisms similar to but more stable than a strain and maintained in viable condition for a particular purpose.