To make a wound with a pointed instrument; a stab differs from a cut, or a wound.
- vb. 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. Fig.: To injure secretly or by malicious falsehood or slander; as, to stab a person's reputation.
- vb. To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon. To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon. To stab at, to offer or threaten to stab; to thrust a pointed weapon at.
- n. The thrust of a pointed weapon. A wound with a sharp-pointed weapon; as, to fall by the stab an assassin. Fig.: An injury inflicted covertly or suddenly; as, a stab given to character.