Pronunciation Noun

stab (plural stabs)

  1. An act of stabbing or thrusting with an object.
  2. A wound made by stabbing.
  3. Pain inflicted on a person's feelings.
  4. (informal) An attempt.
    I'll give this thankless task a stab.
  5. Criticism.
  6. (music) A single staccato chord that adds dramatic impact to a composition.
    a horn stab
  7. A bacterial culture made by inoculating a solid medium, such as gelatin, with the puncture of a needle or wire.
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  • Russian: попы́тка
  • Russian: кри́тика

stab (stabs, present participle stabbing; past and past participle stabbed)

  1. (transitive) To pierce or to wound (somebody) with a pointed tool or weapon, especially a knife or dagger.
    If you stab him in the heart he won't live long enough to retaliate.
  2. (transitive) To thrust in a stabbing motion.
    to stab a dagger into a person
  3. (intransitive) To recklessly hit with the tip of a pointed object, such as a weapon or finger (often used with at).
    • None shall dare / With shortened sword to stab in closer war.
    He stabbed at my face with the twig but luckily kept missing my eyes.
  4. (intransitive) To cause a sharp, painful sensation (often used with at).
    The snow from the blizzard was stabbing at my face as I skied down the mountain.
  5. (transitive, figurative) To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander.
    to stab a person's reputation
  6. (transitive) To roughen a brick wall with a pick so as to hold plaster.
  7. (transitive) To pierce folded sheets, near their back edges, for the passage of thread or wire.
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  • Russian: ра́нить


stab (uncountable)

  1. (fandom slang, Pokémon) A 50% damage boost applied when a Pokémon uses a move with the same type as itself (for example, an Electric-type Pokémon using an Electric-type move).

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