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stab

(stab),
To pierce with a pointed instrument, as a knife or dagger.
[Gael. stob]

stab

shaped like or resembling a staff or rod.

stab

(stab)
1. to pierce or wound with a pointed instrument.
2. to thrust a pointed instrument into something.

stab

Etymology: ME, stabbe, piercing wound
a neutrophilic band.

stab

Forensics
verb To thrust a sharp object into a victim and, usually, interrupt the skin surface.
 
Microbiology
noun Stab culture, see there.
 
verb To inoculate a semisolid bacterial growth medium, usually in a “slant” tube, with a jabbing motion performed with streaking, which combines anaerobic (“stab”) and aerobic (“streak”) conditions in the same test tube; used in triple sugar iron agar tubes.
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12) Consequently, a blade with a length of less than 3 inches can produce a fatal stab injury, while an adequately sharp instrument of any length can inflict a fatal slash to a sensitive area, such as the neck.
The 21-foot rule, a dogma of law enforcement training, has held that at a distance closer than 21 feet, a suspect with an edged weapon in hand could stab an officer before that officer could fire two shots.
Castillo was pronounced dead from a single stab wound to his upper chest at 2:45 a.