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NOUN (4)

1. a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung;
- Example: "the sting of death"
- Example: "he felt the stinging of nettles"
[syn: sting, stinging]

2. a mental pain or distress;
- Example: "a pang of conscience"
[syn: pang, sting]

3. a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin;
[syn: sting, bite, insect bite]

4. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property;
[syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam]


VERB (5)

1. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort;
- Example: "The sun burned his face"
[syn: bite, sting, burn]

2. deliver a sting to;
- Example: "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
[syn: sting, bite, prick]

3. saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous;
- Example: "They stuck me with the dinner bill"
- Example: "I was stung with a huge tax bill"
[syn: stick, sting]

4. cause a stinging pain;
- Example: "The needle pricked his skin"
[syn: prick, sting, twinge]

5. cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging;
- Example: "His remark stung her"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sting \Sting\, n. [AS. sting a sting. See Sting, v. t.] 1. (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) 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. [1913 Webster] 3. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach. [1913 Webster] The sting of death is sin. --1 Cor. xv. 56. [1913 Webster] 4. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging. "The lurking serpent's mortal sting." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. A goad; incitement. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying. [1913 Webster] Sting moth (Zool.), an Australian moth (Doratifera vulnerans) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body, with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs. Sting ray. (Zool.) See under 6th Ray. Sting winkle (Zool.), a spinose marine univalve shell of the genus Murex, as the European species (Murex erinaceus). See Illust. of Murex. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sting \Sting\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stung(Archaic Stang); p. pr. & vb. n. Stinging.] [AS. stingan; akin to Icel. & Sw. stinga, Dan. stinge, and probably to E. stick, v.t.; cf. Goth. usstiggan to put out, pluck out. Cf. Stick, v. t.] 1. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands. [1913 Webster] 2. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite. "Slander stings the brave." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sting n 1: a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles" [syn: sting, stinging] 2: a mental pain or distress; "a pang of conscience" [syn: pang, sting] 3: a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin [syn: sting, bite, insect bite] 4: a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam] v 1: cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face" [syn: bite, sting, burn] 2: deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: sting, bite, prick] 3: saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; "They stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge tax bill" [syn: stick, sting] 4: cause a stinging pain; "The needle pricked his skin" [syn: prick, sting, twinge] 5: cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; "His remark stung her"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

217 Moby Thesaurus words for "sting": acerbity, acidity, acridity, acrimony, aculeus, acuminate, acumination, affect, afflict, affront, aggrieve, agonize, ail, anguish, astringency, auger, barb the dart, be keen, beat, beesting, beguile of, bilk, bit, bite, bite the tongue, bitterness, bleed, bleed white, borer, bristle with, bruise, bunco, burn, burning, burning pain, buzz, causticity, chafe, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, clip, cog, cog the dice, come home to, con, convulse, cozen, crib, crucify, cusp, cut, cut up, dart, defraud, diddle, distress, do in, do out of, drill, edge, euchre, excruciate, exploit, fang, fester, fierceness, finagle, fire, flam, fleece, flimflam, flog, fob, fret, fudge, gad, gadfly, gall, give offense, give pain, give umbrage, gnaw, go deep, go through one, goad, gouge, grate, grieve, grind, grip, gripe, gull, gyp, harrow, harshness, have, have an edge, hocus, hocus-pocus, hold up, hurt, hurt the feelings, inflame, inflict pain, injure, irritate, itch, keenness, kill by inches, lacerate, lash, martyr, martyrize, melt, melt the heart, mordacity, mordancy, move, mucro, mulct, neb, needle, nettle, nib, nip, nudge, offend, outrage, overcharge, overprice, overtax, oxgoad, pack the deal, pain, paresthesia, penetrate, pierce, pigeon, pinch, pins and needles, poignancy, point, poke, practice fraud upon, prick, prickle, prickles, prickling, prod, profiteer, prolong the agony, put to torture, rack, rankle, rasp, rigor, rip off, rob, rook, roughness, rowel, rub, scam, scratch, screw, sell gold bricks, severity, sharpness, shave, shortchange, skin, smart, smarting, snakebite, soak, soften, spur, stab, stack the cards, stick, stimulate, stinger, stinging, stir, stridency, stringency, surcharge, swindle, take a dive, tang, tartness, teeth, thimblerig, thrill, throw a fight, tingle, tingling, tip, torment, torture, touch, touch a chord, trenchancy, tweak, twist, twist the knife, urtication, vehemence, victimize, violence, virulence, whip, whiplash, wound, wring
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

STING Software Technology Interest Group (CERN, org.)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

STING A parallel dialect of Scheme intended to serve as a high-level operating system for symbolic programming languages. First-class threads and processors and customisable scheduling policies. E-mail: . ["A Customizable Substrate for Concurrent Languages", S. Jagannathan et al, ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 1992]. (1994-11-03)