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Definition of 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

There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.

Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.
George S. Patton

Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.
Lord Byron

If the Police could do a reunion... One of the biggest jerks I ever met was Sting. If he can do it, then anyone can do it. It's not that big a deal. And the Eagles! They did it! They severely hated each other. It's just rock and roll.
Steven Adler
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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