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Definitions of sting

  1. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; " The sun burned his face"
  2. a painful wound caused by the thrust of a stinger into skin
  3. of insects, scorpions, or other animals; " A bee stung my arm yesterday."
  4. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  5. a mental pain or distress; " a pang of conscience"
  6. cause a stinging pain; " The needle pricked his skin"
  7. saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; " They stuck me with the dinner bill"; " I was stung with a huge tax bill"
  8. a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; " the sting of death"; " he felt the stinging of nettles"
  9. cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; " His remark stung her"
  10. a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
  11. deliver a sting to; " A bee stung my arm yesterday"
  12. To stimulate.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
  16. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging.
  17. A goad; incitement.
  18. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
  19. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
  20. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite.
  21. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
  22. The sharp- pointed, often poisonous, organ with which certain animals and insects are furnished; one of the stiff, sharp- pointed, hollow hairs of certain plants; the thrust of such an organ or hair; the wound made by it; a sharp, smarting mental or physical pain.
  23. To pierce or wound with, or as with, a sting; cause a sharp, smarting pain to; as, cold stings the face; goad or drive, as by taunts or reproaches; cause to suffer keenly; as, remorse stings his soul.
  24. To inflict a sharp, smarting wound; as, the wasp stings; to be sharply painful.
  25. Stinger.
  26. Stung.
  27. Stinging.
  28. To stick anything sharp into, to pain acutely:- pa. t. and pa. p. stung.
  29. The sharp- pointed weapon of some animals: the thrust of a sting into the flesh: anything that causes acute pain: the point in the last verse of an epigram.
  30. Pointed weapon of some animals; puncture of a sting; anything causing sharp pain. esp. with a sting; pain acutely.
  31. To pierce with a sting; use a sting.
  32. To cause a sensation, as from a sting.
  33. To be keenly painful.
  34. The act of stinging; the wound made by a sting.
  35. Zool. A sharp organ capable of inflicting a painful and poisonous wound.
  36. A spur; goad.
  37. A sharp pointed weapon with which certain animals are armed for their defence; the thrust of a sting into the flesh; anything that gives acute pain; the point in the last verse of an epigram; that which gives the principal pain or constitutes the chief terror.
  38. To pierce with a sting, like a wasp or scorpion; to pain acutely.
  39. The sharp- pointed weapon possessed by certain insects as a means of defence, as the wasp, the bee, & c.; anything that gives acute pain; that which constitutes the principal pain or terror; the point of an epigram.
  40. To pierce with a sharp- pointed weapon; to pain acutely.
  41. A stinging hair or cell; the spine of a sting- ray; an offensive and defensive organ for piercing, and usually also for inoculating with poison, as in the wasp.
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Quotes of sting

  1. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. – Muhammad Ali
  2. O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! – Dante Alighieri
  3. Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the hearts and cools the sting – Peter Allen
  4. An epigram is but a feeble thing- With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting – William Cowper
  5. The rain forest has Sting Now Siberia has Jack Dee. Someone had to draw the short straw. In this case it was the rain forest. – Jack Dee
  6. Drown in a cold vat of whiskey? Death, where is thy sting – W. C. Fields
  7. I remember my mother finding mud somehow and putting it on the sting – John Hawkes
  8. In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order. – Florence King
  9. Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what sting is justice. – H. L. Mencken
  10. Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail. – Francis Quarles
  11. Anger is implanted in us as sort of sting to make us gnash with our teeth against the devil, to make us vehement against him, not to set us in array against each other. – Richard Savage
  12. The North understand it better- they have told us for twenty years that their object was to pen up slavery within its present limits- surround it with a border of free States, and like the scorpion surrounded with fire, they will make it sting itself to death. – Robert Toombs

Usage examples for sting

  1. When I left her at the corner of the lane I felt a sting of her deep reproach in my mind. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. You would sting me- here also. – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. Is the sting of Chitta- wewa still painful? – The Flamingo Feather by Kirk Munroe
  4. You gotta sting your class of trade in order to have 'em appreciate you. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  5. Show no consternation: close your fingers firmly upon the gift; let it sting through your palm. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  6. But they can't sting with their feet. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. " I say, Tom Long," the latter said, with a laugh, " which of us two will get the first taste of that brown insect's sting – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  8. " Feel the sting of the spray," he commanded. – She Buildeth Her House by Will Comfort
  9. From that time his vague dreams began to lift, and to let him live in the clear light of common day; but he was still lingering at Florence, ignorant of the good which had befallen him, and cowering within himself under the sting of wounded vanity, when he received a letter from his elder brother suggesting that he should come and see how he liked the architecture of Des Vaches. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  10. The sharp sting in the thought of going away had been that she must leave him to the ignorant devotion or neglect of somebody else- some other woman was going to have the dear delight of making him comfortable. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
  11. The small sting had planted itself at last in the great nature. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  12. They knew, without any effort of reflection, that it is a remembrance which makes the sting of many a death- bed. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. And that regret, that I could not enjoy Such happiness, which weighs upon the mind, And turns to poison pleasure that has passed, Did still its thorn within my bosom lodge, As I the past recalled; but shame, indeed, Left not its cruel sting within this heart. – The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi
  14. She would have preferred to believe the letter, for such a belief would have rid her of the sting of self- reproach; but, try as she might, she could not wholly get her consent to it. – A Manifest Destiny by Julia Magruder
  15. I think I will try the porcupine, and then I will sting the rabbit. – Uncle Wiggily's Travels by Howard R. Garis
  16. She did not answer this, but soon afterwards she wrote to Elspeth, and he was not mentioned in the letter proper, but it carried a sting in its tail. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  17. The sting lay in the fact that someone had troubled to think them. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  18. He wrinkled up his forehead a little, at the sting in that speech, but he could not keep from grinning. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  19. Because I could not sleep Terror began to wake, Close at my side to creep And sting me like a snake. – Poems New and Old by John Freeman
  20. " I hope it will never sting me, then," said Joyce. – A Hive of Busy Bees by Effie M. Williams

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