Webster 1913 Edition
stinga sting. See
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
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.
Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental;
stingsof remorse; the
stingof death is sin.
1 Cor. xv. 56.
The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging.“The lurking serpent’s mortal sting.”
A goad; incitement.
The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
an Australian moth (–
Doratifera vulnerans) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body, with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs.
See under 6th–
a spinose marine univalve shell of the genus Murex, as the European species (
Murex erinaceus). See Illust. of
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
stingan; akin to Icel. & Sw.
stinge, and probably to E.
stick, v.t.; cf. Goth. us
stigganto put out, pluck out. Cf.
To pierce or wound with a sting;
as, bees will
stingan animal that irritates them; the nettles
To pain acutely;“Slander stings the brave.”
as, the conscience is; to bite.
To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To pierce with the sharp pointed instrument with which certain animals are furnished, such as bees, wasps, scorpions and the like. Bees will seldom sting persons, unless they are first provoked.
2.To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse.
Slander stings the brave.
1.A sharp pointed weapon or instrument which certain animals are armed by nature for their defense, and which they thrust from the hinder part of the body to pierce any animal that annoys or provokes them. In most instances, this instrument is a tube, through which a poisonous matter is discharged, which inflames the flesh, and in some instances proves fatal to life.
2.The thrust of a sting into the flesh. The sting of most insects produces acute pain.
3.Any thing that gives acute pain. Thus we speak of the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
4.The point in the last verse; as the sting of an epigram.
5.That which gives the principal pain, or constitutes the principal terror.
The sting of death is sin. 1 Corinthians 15.