stinger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stinger a sharp stinging blow
    • n stinger a sharp organ of offense or defense (as of a wasp or stingray or scorpion) often connected with a poison gland
    • n Stinger a portable low altitude surface-to-air missile system using infrared guidance and an impact fuse; fired from the shoulder
    • n stinger a remark capable of wounding mentally "the unkindest cut of all"
    • n stinger a cocktail made of made of creme de menthe and brandy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Larger Stingrays have the power to drive their stingers or tail-spines through the hulls of wooden boats
    • n Stinger One who, or that which, stings. "Professor E. Forbes states that only a small minority of the medusæ of our seas are stingers ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most honey bees die after it stings people as our skin is elastic, unsuitable for their stingers which are meant for harder inelastics skins. Their venom glands are also torn out in the process. (So removing the stinger by piching the tip is well, in one word, dumb.jk)
    • n stinger One who or that which stings, vexes, or gives acute pain.
    • n stinger An animal or a plant that stings.
    • n stinger The sting of an insect.
    • n stinger A biting or cutting remark.
    • n stinger A smart, telling blow.
    • n stinger An alcoholic drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest of American owls, the elf owl, often nests in the Gila woodpecker’s cactus hole after the woodpecker leaves. The owl measures barely 6 inches tall. It specializes in catching scorpions, seizing each by the tail and nipping off its stinger. It then swallows the scorpion’s body, pincers and all.
    • n Stinger one who, or that which, stings
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stingan; Ice. stinga.

Usage

In literature:

I expect a stinger by this post; but I shall not open it till after the match.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
It did give me a stinger.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
Every viper has 7,000 tails and on every tail 7,000 stingers, and every stinger contains 7,000 kinds of poison.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
A tactful man can pull the stinger from a bee without getting stung.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
But no stinger in me.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
Aculeata: Hymenoptera; the stingers, including bees and wasps.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The wasps were closing in on the disturbers of their nest, and every one of them carried a healthy stinger.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
You meant it warn't a stinger, sir, didn't you?
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
You know how you can damn a man in nine ways and then pull all the stingers out with a "but" at the end of it.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
A tot of gin with a stinger, and thank you kindly.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
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In poetry:

The paralytic's wife
who takes her love to town,
sitting on the bar stool,
downing stingers and peanuts,
singing "That ole Ace down in the hole,"
would understand.
"The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by Anne Sexton
Little honey baby, what yo' think yo' see?--
(Sister keep on climbin' to de sky--)
Dat's a June bug--it aint got no stinger, lak a bee--
(Reach de glory city by an by.)
"A Southern Lullaby" by Virna Sheard

In news:

There are more than enough sports bars in Stinger 's neighborhood, and they all seem to embrace their rough-around-the-edges appearance.
RB Silas Redd loses feeling with shoulder stinger .
USC tailback Silas Redd said he suffered a shoulder stinger that caused him to fumble in the first half and momentarily lose feeling in his arm.
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Brian Price left practice early on Sunday after he suffered a stinger , according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Turkey Sends Stinger Missiles to Syrian Border, Hurriyet Says.
The stinger of all stingers .
Lance Armstrong expressed his opinion of Sunday's Steamboat Stinger trail marathon in just one word.
DeMarcus Ware has a stinger .
We all remember the famous Lanier Stinger , well Great Planes is re-releasing it as the Stinger II.
The program is open to individuals and teams in Honey Stinger 's targeted cycling, running and triathlon markets, but participants in all athletic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
But remember this is only one drink that can follow a Stinger another Singer.
Lance Armstrong Buys Into Honey Stinger .
The Stinger is a better gun for nearly 1/2 the cost of Taser X26.
Stinger leaders should be slightly shorter than the bait, so the hook can be positioned in the rear third of its body.
She said her design was inspired by the Aquarium's "amazing collection of alien stingers " and jellyfishes.
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