AskDefine | Define stab

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden sharp feeling; "pangs of regret"; "she felt a stab of excitement"; "twinges of conscience" [syn: pang, twinge]
2 a thrusting blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument; "one strong stab to the heart killed him" [syn: thrust, knife thrust]
3 informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting" [syn: shot]


1 use a knife on; "The victim was knifed to death" [syn: knife]
2 stab or pierce; "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife" [syn: jab]
3 poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs" [syn: jab, prod, poke, dig] [also: stabbing, stabbed]

User Contributed Dictionary




  • , /stæb/, /st

Extensive Definition

STAB or stab can have these meanings:
stab in German: Stab
stab in Esperanto: Stabo
stab in French: Stab
stab in Russian: Стержень

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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