• WordNet 3.6
    • v sting saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous "They stuck me with the dinner bill","I was stung with a huge tax bill"
    • v sting deliver a sting to "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
    • v sting cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging "His remark stung her"
    • v sting cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort "The sun burned his face"
    • v sting cause a stinging pain "The needle pricked his skin"
    • n sting a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    • n sting a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
    • n sting a mental pain or distress "a pang of conscience"
    • n sting a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung "the sting of death","he felt the stinging of nettles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stinging insects kills approximately 25 people annually in the U.S
    • Sting A goad; incitement.
    • Sting (Bot) A sharp-pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which secrets an acrid fluid, as in nettles. The points of these hairs usually break off in the wound, and the acrid fluid is pressed into it.
    • Sting (Zoöl) Any sharp organ of offense and defense, especially when connected with a poison gland, and adapted to inflict a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a scorpion. The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified ovipositor. The caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is a modified dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied to the fang of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion.
    • Sting Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach. "The sting of death is sin."
    • Sting The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
    • Sting The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging. "The lurking serpent's mortal sting ."
    • Sting To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
    • Sting To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite. "Slander stings the brave."
    • Sting To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, you are more likely to be killed by a bee sting than a shark attack
    • sting To pierce; prick; puncture.
    • sting To impale.
    • sting To prick severely; give acute pain to by piercing with a sharp point; especially, to pierce and wound with any sharp-pointed weapon supplied with acrid or poisonous fluid, as a fang or sting, with which certain animals and plants are furnished; bite; urticate: as, to be stung by a bee, a scorpion, or a nettle, or by a serpent or a sea-nettle.
    • sting To pain acutely, as if with a sting; goad: as, a conscience stung with remorse.
    • sting To stimulate; goad.
    • sting To have a sting; be capable of wounding with a sting; use the sting: literally or figuratively: as, hornets sting; epigrams often sting; a stinging blow.
    • sting To give pain or smart; be sharply painful; smart: as, the wound stung for an hour.
    • n sting A sharp-pointed organ of certain insects and other animals, capable of inflicting by puncture a painful wound.
    • n sting In zoology, specifically— The modified ovipositor of the females of certain insects, as bees, wasps, hornets, and many other Hymenoptera; an aculeus; a terebra. This weapon is generally so constructed as to inflict a poisoned as well as punctured wound, which may become inflamed and very painful or even dangerous; an irritating fluid is injected through the tubular sting when the thrust is given. See cut under Hymenoptera.
    • n sting The mouth-parts of various insects which are formed for piercing and sucking, as in the mosquito and other gnats or midges, gadflies, fleas, bedbugs, etc. In these cases the wound is often poisoned. See cuts under gnat and mosquito.
    • n sting A stinging hair or spine of the larvæ of various moths, or such organs collectively. See cuts under hag-moth, saddleback, and stinging.
    • n sting The falces of spiders, with which these creatures bite—in some cases, as of the katipo or malmignatte, inflicting a very serious or even fatal wound. See cuts under chelicera and falx.
    • n sting The curved or claw-like telson of the tail of a scorpion, inflicting a serious poisoned wound. See cuts under scorpion and Scorpionida.
    • n sting One of the feet or claws of centipede, which, in the case of some of the larger kinds, of tropical countries, inflict painful and dangerous wounds.
    • n sting The poison-fang or venom-tooth of a nocuous serpent; also, in popular misapprehension, the harmless soft forked tongue of any serpent. See cuts under Crotalus and snake.
    • n sting A fin-spine of some fishes, capable of wounding. In a few cases such spines are connected with a venom-gland whence poison is injected; in others, as the tail-spines of sting-rays, the large bony sting, several inches long and sometimes jagged, is smeared with a substance which may cause a wound to fester. See cuts under stone-cat, sting-ray.
    • n sting An urticating organ, or such organs collectively, of the jellyfishes, sea-nettles, or other cœlenterates. See cut under nematocyst.
    • n sting In botany, a sort of sharp-pointed hollow hair, seated upon or connected with a gland which secretes an acrid or poisonous fluid, which, when introduced under the skin, produces a stinging pain. For plants armed with such stings, see cowhage, nettle (with cut), nettle-tree, 2, and tread-softly.
    • n sting The fine taper of a dog's tail.
    • n sting The operation or effect of a sting; the act of stinging; the usually poisoned punctured wound made by a sting; also, the pain or smart of such a wound.
    • n sting Anything, or that in anything, which gives acute pain, or constitutes the principal pain; also, anything which goads to action: as, the sting of hunger; the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
    • n sting Mental pain inflicted, as by a biting or cutting remark or sarcasm; hence, the point of an epigram.
    • n sting A stimulus, irritation, or incitement; a nettling or goading; an impulse.
    • n sting A pole.
    • n sting A pike; a spear.
    • n sting An instrument for thatching.
    • n sting The mast of a vessel.
    • sting To ‘stick’ for a dinner, a railway fare, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sting got his name from a black and yellow striped sweater he would wear a lot.
    • v.t Sting sting to stick anything sharp into, to pain acutely
    • v.i Sting to have a sting: to give pain:—pa.t. and pa.p. stung
    • n Sting the sharp-pointed weapon of some animals: the thrust of a sting into the flesh: anything that causes acute pain: any stimulus or impulse: the point in the last verse of an epigram
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  • Dante Alighieri
    “O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!”
  • Bible
    “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? [1 Corinthians 15:55]”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Misfortunes one can endure -- they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults -- Ah! there is the sting of life.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Injustice is relatively easy to bear what stings is justice.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stingan,; akin to Icel. & Sw. stinga, Dan. stinge, and probably to E. stick, v.t.; cf. Goth. usstiggan, to put out, pluck out. Cf. Stick (v. t.)


In literature:

Portia's stinging words went over and over through her mind.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
All this may safely be left to those hands which spoiled death of his sting, and to that love which is stronger than death.
"Catharine" by Nehemiah Adams
And he was more startled when they flew right into his face and lighted on his nose and began to sting.
"The Tale of Cuffy Bear" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The real sting of the episode lay in Valencia Valdes' attitude toward him.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
Last night's snow was almost a blizzard, and left it stinging cold.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The sting lay in the fact that someone had troubled to think them.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
It is not said that sin is the only bitterness, but it is the sting which contains in it the venom of a most exquisite torture.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
But the tall gentleman with the white face and the long cloak left a sting behind him.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
The question of pay could sting her from her numbness.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
When the ravisher brings her sting into play the bee also uses its sting, and with fury.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre

In poetry:

And ever as we went, behind there came
Strange whispers from his wings,
That stirr'd me, touching like a secret flame
That leaps and keenly stings.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
For I shall feel the sting of ceaseless pain
If there I meet thy gentle presence not;
Nor hear the voice I love, nor read again
In thy serenest eyes the tender thought.
"The Future Life" by William Cullen Bryant
I almost gave my life long ago for a thing
That has gone to dust now, stinging my eyes—
It is strange how often a heart must be broken
Before the years can make it wise.
"Dust" by Sara Teasdale
Why heaves the sigh in this unruffled breast?
'Tis not the past can tinge this cheek with shame;
No fury stings, no envy gnaws my rest,
And love, to me, is but an empty name.
"Ode To Sleep" by Emma Lyon
He will to thee some wholesome counsel give,
How stings of conscience may be best allay'd:
Thou comfort from his counsel shalt receive,
If thou in time wilt call on him for aid.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard
I knew you as I knew these happy things,
Passing, unwept, on wide and tranquil wings
To their own place in nature; below, above
Transient passion with its stains and stings.
For this strange pity that you knew not of
Was neither lust nor love.
"The New Aspasia" by Muriel Stuart

In news:

Year-long DC undercover sting netted arrests, guns, drugs.
3 packed cups fresh stinging nettles , cooked and drained for easy handling.
New Britain Prostitution Sting Nets 20 Arrests.
Wasp stings hospitalize 12 Temple Emanuel students in Kensington Monday morning.
Sting honored with "Green Oscar".
If you hear our National Anthem and feel the sting of a tear in your eye, you are a Patriot.
Immigration sting hits San Diego ' pedicab ' drivers.
The arrests of 37-year-old Timothy Hackett and 25-year-old William Williams III comes as part of an ongoing undercover sting operation according to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office.
Another Pimping Arrest Connected to April Sting in Coralville.
For Years, the Tabloids' Sting Kept British Politicians in Line.
Gatesville powder puff to benefit Big Sting.
NEW YORK A Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said.
Nafis was arrested on Oct 17 following a FBI sting operation.
New stars join previously announced lineup of performers, including Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Sting.
Clippers' setback stings a bit.

In science:

It would be intere sting to see if TracyWidom type distribution functions also appear in these biological problems.
Random Matrices, the Ulam Problem, Directed Polymers & Growth Models, and Sequence Matching
Although it is di fficult to estimate a de finitive amount of center-to-limb variations from the exi sting X-ray maps, we note that the recent XMM-Newton observations of NGC 3242 presented by Ruiz et al. (2006) show a smooth distribution of X-ray emission with no apparent limb brightening.
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
Another intere sting point between the two figures is the improvement rate of the accuracy against the number of samples, where the rate appears gradually reduced as the sample sizes in Figure 5.
Loss Tomography from Tree Topologies to General Topologies
However, constants can make the calculation of C (s) for short stings profoundly dependent on the UTM used .
Assessing Cognitive Randomness: A Kolmogorov Complexity Approach
The EM transition matrix elements are evaluated in between w.f.’s which are solutions of the Schrödinger equation, with a nuclear Hamiltonian, H, consi sting of a kinetic term plus two- and three-body interaction terms—in the present case, the Argo nne-v18 and Illinois-7, respectively.
GFMC calculations of electromagnetic moments and M1 transitions in $A\leq 9$ nuclei