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Definition 1: a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • one strong stab to the heart killed him

Synonyms for stab in the sense of this definition

(stab is a kind of ...) a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

"a blow on the head"

(... is a kind of stab ) (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward

(... is a kind of stab ) (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)

Definition 2: informal words for any attempt or effort - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave it his best shot
  • he took a stab at forecasting

Synonyms for stab in the sense of this definition

(stab is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Definition 3: a sudden sharp feeling - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where stab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pangs of regret
  • she felt a stab of excitement
  • twinges of conscience

Synonyms for stab in the sense of this definition

(stab is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

(... is a kind of stab ) pangs of feeling guilty

Definition 4: stab or pierce - [verb of contact]

Samples where stab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife

Synonyms for stab in the sense of this definition

(stab is a kind of ...) push forcefully

"He thrust his chin forward"

(... is a kind of stab ) stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

Definition 5: poke or thrust abruptly - [verb of contact]

Samples where stab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he jabbed his finger into her ribs

Synonyms for stab in the sense of this definition

(stab is a kind of ...) push forcefully

"He thrust his chin forward"

Definition 6: use a knife on - [verb of contact]

Samples where stab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The victim was knifed to death

Synonyms for stab in the sense of this definition

(stab is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

(... is a kind of stab ) stab with a poniard

(... is a kind of stab ) stab or kill someone with a bayonet

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