Stab

Definition of Stab

Pronunciation: stăb
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Stabbed (stăbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Stabbing.]
2.Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander; as, to stab a person's reputation.
v. i.1.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.
- Dryden.
2.To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon.
She speaks poniards, and every word stabs.
- Shak.
To stab at
to offer or threaten to stab; to thrust a pointed weapon at.
n.1.The thrust of a pointed weapon.
2.A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon; as, to fall by the stab of an assassin.
3.Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly; as, a stab given to character.

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