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English noun: stab

1. stab (feeling) a sudden sharp feeling

SamplesPangs of regret.
She felt a stab of excitement.
Twinges of conscience.

Synonymspang, twinge

Broader (hypernym)feeling

Narrower (hyponym)guilt pang

2. stab (act) a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

SamplesOne strong stab to the heart killed him.

Synonymsknife thrust, thrust

Broader (hypernym)blow

Narrower (hyponym)lunge, passado, remise, straight thrust

3. stab (act) informal words for any attempt or effort

SamplesHe gave it his best shot.
He took a stab at forecasting.


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

English verb: stab

1. stab (contact) use a knife on

SamplesThe victim was knifed to death.

ExamplesThey want to stab the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

Narrower (hyponym)bayonet, poniard

2. stab (contact) stab or pierce

SamplesHe jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)thrust

Narrower (hyponym)goad, prick

3. stab (contact) poke or thrust abruptly

SamplesHe jabbed his finger into her ribs.

Synonymsdig, jab, poke, prod

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)thrust

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