• "One bolder than the rest stabbed it with a pitchfork."
    "One bolder than the rest stabbed it with a pitchfork."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stab poke or thrust abruptly "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
    • v stab stab or pierce "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"
    • v stab use a knife on "The victim was knifed to death"
    • n stab informal words for any attempt or effort "he gave it his best shot","he took a stab at forecasting"
    • n stab a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument "one strong stab to the heart killed him"
    • n stab a sudden sharp feeling "pangs of regret","she felt a stab of excitement","twinges of conscience"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens
    • Stab A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon; as, to fall by the stab of an assassin.
    • Stab Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly; as, a stab given to character.
    • Stab Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander; as, to stab a person's reputation.
    • Stab The thrust of a pointed weapon.
    • Stab To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon. "None shall dare
      With shortened sword to stab in closer war."
    • Stab To pierce with a pointed weapon; to wound or kill by the thrust of a pointed instrument; as, to stab a man with a dagger; also, to thrust; as, to stab a dagger into a person.
    • Stab To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon. "She speaks poniards, and every word stabs ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Alabama it is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone's pity.
    • stab To puncture, pierce, or wound with or as with a pointed weapon, especially with a knife or dagger.
    • stab To thrust or plunge, as a pointed weapon.
    • stab Figuratively, to pierce or penetrate; inflict keen or severe pain upon: injure secretly, as by slander or malicious falsehoods: as, to stab one in the back (that is, to slander one behind his back).
    • stab In masonry, to pick (a brick wall) so as to make it rough, and thereby afford a hold for plaster.
    • stab To aim a blow with a dagger or other pointed weapon, either literally or figuratively: as, to stab at a person.
    • stab To wound; be extremely cutting.
    • n stab A thrust or blow with the point of a weapon, especially a dagger.
    • n stab A wound made with a sharp-pointed weapon.
    • n stab A wound given in the dark; a treacherous injury.
    • stab 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.
    • n stab In bacteriology, a culture of bacteria produced by stabbing the inoculating needle into the solid medium. See culture.
    • n stab 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.
    • n stab See the extracts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Edney Raphael, 39, running from a stabbing in Philadelphia with a bloody knife in his hand, was captured following a foot chase; he had turned his head to see where the officers were and run smack into a parking meter.
    • v.t Stab stab to wound with a pointed weapon: to wound: to injure secretly, or by slander: to roughen a brick wall with a pick so as to hold plaster: to pierce folded sheets, near their back edges, for the passage of thread or wire
    • v.i Stab to give a stab or a mortal wound:—pr.p. stab′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. stabbed
    • n Stab a wound with a pointed weapon: an injury given secretly
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.”
  • Leonard Louis Levinson
    Leonard Louis Levinson
    “He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
  • Liam Gallagher
    Liam Gallagher
    “Americans want grungy people, stabbing themselves in the head on stage. They get a bright bunch like us, with deodorant on, they don't get it.”
  • Edward Gardner
    Edward Gardner
    “Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OD. staven, to fix, fasten, fr. stave, staff, a staff, rod; akin to G. stab, a staff, stick, E. staff,; also Gael. stob, to stab, as n., a stake, a stub. Cf. Staff


In literature:

These are just the things for giving long-range stabs with.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
And take it from me I'm going to make a stab at trainin' him different.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
When the dead body of old Priam's son was laid at her feet, she stabbed herself.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Don Cesare, it appeared, had stabbed the Duke of Gandia, his brother, three nights ago, and thrown him into the Tiber.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
But you never can tell how a comedy stab is goin' to turn out.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Lancey felt intuitively that a brave man would not stab him in the back.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
She squeezes out some more paints, stirs 'em vigorous, and makes another stab.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
There were glorious sunsets and weird storms, with underhanded lightning stabs at the sky.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
My son boxed the vicomte's ears, upon which the latter tried to stab him with a knife.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
And the theory stabbed him.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various

In poetry:

Come hither, belov'd Virginia,
Ere we forever part;
He clasp'd her to his beating breast,
Then stab'd her to the heart.
"Liberty Or Death" by James Madison Bell
Perhaps I stabbed our Savior
In His sacred helpless side.
Yet I've called His name in blessing
When in after times I died.
"Through a Glass Darkly," by General George S Patton Jnr
Might stab her heart, she hid them so,
The cooing babe a veil supplied;
And if she listened none might know,
Or if she sighed;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
“On the shores of the stranger he stood
With the sweetness of youth on his face;
Till there started a fiend from the wood,
Who stabbed at the peace of the place!
"Australia Vindex" by Henry Kendall
`Heads!' he laughed (but his face was stern) --
`Tails!' and a friendly oath;
We loved her fair, we had much to learn --
And each was stabbed to the heart in turn
By the girl who -- loved us both.
"Since Then" by Henry Lawson
And live once more after long ages
In the change of the world: I should find the old human affections
Should I need a friend? No one will really stab me from behind,
The people in the land of the living walk weaponless.
"No Resurrection" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Police on Monday released the names of two men arrested in connection with a stabbing outside a San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park on Sunday.
Teen stabbed at Metro Center subway station.
A man in Dallas is being accused of stabbing his girlfriend to be discovered by her children.
Police released the mug shots on Tuesday for suspects believed to be involved in a secret sex club operation discovered after a weekend stabbing.
A San Jose man has been arrested in connection with the deadly stabbing of a Henchmen motorcycle club member outside a bar over the weekend, police said.
A San Jose man has been arrested in the connection with the deadly stabbing of a Henchmen motorcycle club member outside a bar over the weekend, police said.
A night of fun turned into a tragedy after a man from the Upper West Side was stabbed outside a Chelsea night club .
Man, 22, stabbed at Cleveland hotel.
NYC stabbing spree fits no mold.
2nd victim dies after naked NYC stabbing spree.
Woman charged with stabbing man.
Lawmaker in Maldives' coalition stabbed to death.
Former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is speaking out for the first time about his son's role in the 2008 stabbing death of Luis Santos in San Diego.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The man responsible for sending multiple people to the hospital with stab wounds received his sentence Thursday.
A dispute between Ugandan brothers over the Copa America final resulted in fatal stabbing, according the New Vision newspaper.

In science:

Suppose the G-orbit of x ∈ X is closed in X and Stab(x) ⊆ Stab(v) for some v ∈ V .
Group actions on central simple algebras: a geometric approach
Then Stab(v) is a maximal torus in PGLn ; after replacing v by a suitable conjugate, we may assume S ⊆ Stab(v).
Group actions on central simple algebras: a geometric approach
We note that the rank 1 vertex Vs lies in Fs , and that Stab(Vs ) = G(s) = hsi .
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
First note that any rank 1 vertex of Fs can be written hVt where h ∈ G and t ∈ V (∆) is a generator which is conjugate to s (in fact we must have s = hth−1 because hsi ≤ Stab(hVt ) = hhtih−1 and ℓ(s) = ℓ(t) = 1 ).
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
In the latter case the centralizer CG (hγ i) must also fix the vertex gVe and so is a subgroup of Stab(gVe ) = gG(e)g−1 .
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups