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Definition of Sting

Sting

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
  4. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging.
  5. A goad; incitement.
  6. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
  7. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
  8. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite.
  9. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.

Sting Quotations

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali

I would say things like 'I am the greatest! I'm pretty! If you talk jive, you'll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I'm pretty!' When white people heard me talking like this, some said, 'That black man talks too much. He's bragging.'
Muhammad Ali

In the past, the greatest weapon the white man has had has been his ability to divide and conquer. If I take my hand and slap you, you don't even feel it. It might sting you because these digits are separated. But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together.
Malcolm X

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward

In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order.
Florence King
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Sting Translations

sting in Danish is stikke
sting in Dutch is pikken, prikken, priemen, steken
sting in French is morsure, aiguillon, piquons, piquer, piquent
sting in German is stechen
sting in Italian is colpo, pungere
sting in Latin is fodio, spiculum, morsus
sting in Norwegian is stikke
sting in Spanish is pinchar, puntura, picadura