Stab v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stabbed p. pr. & vb. n. Stabbing.]
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.
2. Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander; as, to stab a person's reputation.
Stab, 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.
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.
n 1: a sudden sharp feeling; "pangs of regret"; "she felt a stab
of excitement"; "twinges of conscience" [syn: pang, twinge]
2: a thrusting blow with a knife or other sharp pointed
instrument; "one strong stab to the heart killed him"
[syn: thrust, knife thrust]
3: informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his
best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting" [syn: shot]
v 1: use a knife on; "The victim was knifed to death" [syn: knife]
2: stab or pierce; "he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket
knife" [syn: jab]
3: poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her
ribs" [syn: jab, prod, poke, dig]
[also: stabbing, stabbed]