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Sting meaning

sting - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
  2. 2. deliver a sting to; " A bee stung my arm yesterday"
  3. 3. Any sharp organ of offense and defense, especially when connected with a poison gland, and adapted to inflict a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a scorpion. The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified ovipositor. The caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is a modified dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied to the fang of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion.
  4. 4. A sharp- pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which secrets an acrid fluid, as in nettles. The points of these hairs usually break off in the wound, and the acrid fluid is pressed into it.
  5. 5. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
  6. 6. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging.
  7. 7. A goad; incitement.
  8. 8. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
  9. 9. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
  10. 10. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite.
  11. 11. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
  12. 12. Pointed weapon of some animals; puncture of a sting; anything causing sharp pain. esp. with a sting; pain acutely.

sting - examples of usage

  1. When the animal felt the sting of the bullet it swung round and went off at a gallop along the river bank. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. Upon this I engaged in it; and that so far, that though the property was not wholly my own, yet the conduct and government of the style and news was so entirely in me, that I ventured to assure his lordship the sting of that mischievous paper should be entirely taken out, though it was granted that the style should continue Tory as it was, that the party might be amused and not set up another, which would have destroyed the design, and this part I therefore take entirely on myself still. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  3. They never sting him. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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