jab

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jab poke or thrust abruptly "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
    • v jab stab or pierce "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"
    • v jab strike or punch with quick and short blows
    • n jab the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"
    • n jab a quick short straight punch
    • n jab a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow) "he warned me with a jab with his finger","he made a thrusting motion with his fist"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jab A thrust or stab.
    • v. t Jab jăb To thrust; to stab; to punch. See Job v. t.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jab To strike with the end or point of something; thrust the end of something against or into; poke.
    • jab To strike with the end or point of; thrust: as, to jab a stick against a person; to jab a cane into or through a picture.
    • n jab A stroke with the point or end of something; a thrust.
    • n jab Nautical, a net used in catching the fry of fish.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Job

Usage

In literature:

As the supper progressed, Laramie watched almost in awe the short-arm jabs she gave the meat on the broiler.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
As she stood up she jabbed him in the nostril with the quill, and Mr. Stott gave ground before he realized it.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
Mr. Butefish jabbed his pen into the potato he used as a penwiper, instead of the ink, in his fury.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
It would, however, be easy to show that small jabs or pricks or cuts are more human than the blows many children receive.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
If I can get a chance I'll jab him!
"The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast" by Victor Appleton
Bill Carmody met Moncrossen's first rush with a quick, short jab that reached the corner of his eye.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
I jabbed three pins into it in the train.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
The gun jabbed a reminder to watch my manners.
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
Ed got several painful jabs before he got the animal tied up and out of the trap.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
Wonder how she'll like my upper-cut and left-hand jab!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, June 10, 1914" by Various
While they were still twitching, he went over and jabbed them with a drug needle.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
He was on the ground and three fellows were jabbing at him.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
I was too far to reach them, and the cook jabbed out with his knife.
"Man Overboard!" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
One wicked jab, and the precious high note broke in a wild "ouch" of pain.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
Captain Candage's sense of thrift got a more vital jab than did his sense of fear.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
As a rule they are very skilful, and they nearly always jab carefully while sitting down.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
So he tried again, and gave another jab at the stalk.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
He answered by a jab at the big man's mouth, which Moran cleverly ducked; for so heavy a man, he was wonderfully quick on his feet.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
Any man would under a jab like that, and I looked for him either to begin breakin' the peace or start lyin' out of it.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
For some time Harrigan jabbed and swung and upper-cut; often he reached his opponent's body, but never his face.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

Yes, out I dumb and over I swum
Right under the monster's fin,
Where I opens me knife, and regardless of life,
I jabs him under the chin.
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin
I drug out my quirt, 'case to me he looked tame,
Like a twenty-two pistol on a forty-five frame.
I got a deep seat and I froze to the cantle,
I jabbed in my meat-hooks clear up to the handle.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
He calls out jab deeper into the earth you lot you
others sing now and play
he grabs at the iron in his belt he waves it his
eyes are blue
jab deeper you lot with your spades you others play
on for the dance
"Death Fugue" by Paul Celan
I stand on top
of our back steps and breathe the rich air—
a mother skunk with her column of kittens swills the garbage pail.
She jabs her wedge-head in a cup
of sour cream, drops her ostrich tail,
and will not scare.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell
She uppercuts me with a sigh, an' jabs me with a glance.
(When a widow is the fighter, has a single bloke a chance?)
Her short-arm blows are amorous, most lovin' is her lunge;
Until it's just a touch an' go I don't throw up the sponge.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis
"I want it bad. I want to git right out
An' plug some josser in the briskit-'ard.
I want to 'owl an' chuck me arms about,
An' jab, an' guard.
An' swing, an' upper-cut, an' crool some pitch,
Or git passed out meself - I don't care w'ich.
"Rabbits" by C J Dennis

In news:

Tate took yet another jab at Queensrÿche in a recent interview with Pure Grain Radio when he stated that he was happy to be out of the group because he can now play without a click track.
Charles Steinberg on the Saturday Morning Jab .
PM JAB Interview with Dr Charles Steinberg from the Red Sox.
PM JAB Interview with Kris Joseph.
Big Jab Frank Fixaris Caller Hall of Fame Nominee Announcement.
Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in " Jab Tak Hai Jaan.".
Bobby Jindal's Jab At Mitt Romney Underscores Republicans' Dilemma.
"The Simpsons" Takes Jab at Karl Rove.
Theaters showing Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Click on a showtime to purchase tickets).
Tom Brady's subtle jab toward Jets.
Romney Swaps Apology Charge With Obama Jab : Reality Check.
Actresses jab Romney on abortion, women's issues.
Paul Ryan uses Mitt Romney's '47 percent' remark to jab Joe Biden (VIDEO).
" Jab Tak Hai Jaan" stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in a Yash Raj Films release.
Syrian FM tells UN assembly that Security Council members support 'terrorism' in jab at US.
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In science:

Thus, the original version of the JAB variance estimator, proposed by Efron for independent r.v.s, is also consistent for the distribution function estimator obtained by Efron’s bootstrap method.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
In this section we consider the JAB estimator of the variance of a bootstrap quantile.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Theorem 3.3 below asserts the consistency of the JAB variance estimator of the block bootstrap quantile ˆϕ2n in the dependent case.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Thus, it follows that, under fairly general conditions, the JAB estimator of the variance of an MBB quantile is consistent.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
However, the consistency of the JAB variance estimator of a block bootstrap quantile is not merely an artifact of deleting blocks of blocks, as follows by considering the i.i.d. case.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Indeed, for independent data, the jackknife part of the JAB method deletes only one observation at a time and the consistency of the resulting variance estimator for a bootstrap estimator continues to hold, as shown by the following theorem.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Thus, under the regularity conditions of Theorem 3.4, the JAB variance estimator of a bootstrap quantile is consistent.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
However, the JAB variance estimator, which also applies the delete-1 jackknife method to a bootstrap quantile estimator under independence, effectively overcomes this inconsistency problem.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
This appears to be a striking property of the JAB method and highlights the marked contrast between the properties of the JAB method and the standard jackknife method.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Note that the JAB applies a version of the moving block jackknife method to the MBB estimator ˇϕkn by deleting “blocks” of m overlapping blocks.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Hence, for a MBB estimator based on overlapping blocks of length ℓ, one should delete C · b1/3 ℓ overlapping blocks to define the JAB variance estimator.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Table 2 gives the bias, the standard deviation (sd) and the mean squared error (mse) of the JAB estimators of Var( ˇϕkn ) under models (I)–(IV).
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
For all four models and for all three parameters Var( ˇϕkn ), k = 1, 2, 3, the mse’s of the JAB estimators decreased as the value of C is decreased.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
Next we prove convergence of the JAB variance estimator.
Consistency of the jackknife-after-bootstrap variance estimator for the bootstrap quantiles of a studentized statistic
The third and fourth lines of Jab correspond to the trace, which is dictated by scale invariance of the component action.
Conserved supercurrents and Fayet-Iliopoulos terms in supergravity
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