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Stang \Stang\ (st[a^]ng), imp. of Sting. [Archaic]


Stang \Stang\, n. [OE. stange, of Scand. or Dutch origin; cf. Icel. st["o]ng, akin to Dan. stang, Sw. st[*a]ng, D. stang, G. stange, OHG. stanga, AS. steng; from the root of E. sting.]

  1. A long bar; a pole; a shaft; a stake.

  2. In land measure, a pole, rod, or perch. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

    Stang ball, a projectile consisting of two half balls united by a bar; a bar shot. See Illust. of Bar shot, under Bar.

    To ride the stang, to be carried on a pole on men's shoulders. This method of punishing wife beaters, etc., was once in vogue in some parts of England.


Stang \Stang\, v. i. [Akin to sting; cf. Icel. stanga to prick, to goad.] To shoot with pain. [Prov. Eng.]


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.

  2. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite. ``Slander stings the brave.''

  3. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context archaic or obsolete English) A long bar; a pole; a shaft; a stake. 2 (context archaic or obsolete English) In land measure, a pole, rod, or perch. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive Scotland English) To shoot with pain, to sting. 2 (context transitive Scotland English) To spear; to sting. Etymology 3

vb. (context dialect rare English) (en-simple past of: sting)


Stang is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Arnold Stang (1918–2009), American actor
  • Axel Heiberg Stang (1904–1974), Norwegian landowner and member of Vidkun Quisling's government
  • Christian Schweigaard Stang (1900–1977), Norwegian linguist and professor
  • Dorothy Stang (1931–2005), Roman Catholic nun, anti-poverty and environmental activist, and murder victim
  • Emil Stang (1834–1912), Norwegian jurist and politician
  • Emil Stang (born 1882), Norwegian jurist, politician and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway
  • Fabian Stang (born 1955), mayor of Oslo, Norway
  • Frederik Stang (1804–1884), first Prime Minister of Norway
  • Fredrik Stang (1867–1941), Minister of Justice and the Police of Norway and law professor
  • Georg Stang (1858–1907), Minister of Defence of Norway
  • Hans Georg Jacob Stang (prime minister) (1830–1907), Prime Minister of Norway
  • Ivan Stang (born 1953), author and publisher of the first screed of the Church of the SubGenius
  • Jack Stang (1923–1996), inspiration for writer Mickey Spillane's character Mike Hammer
  • Jørn L. Stang (born 1959), Norwegian politician
  • Olaf Stang (1871–1956), Norwegian engineer
  • Ole A. Stang (1872–1955), Norwegian businessperson and landowner
  • Ole A. Stang, Jr. (1923–1998), Norwegian businessperson; son of Thomas Stang and grandson of Ole Stang
  • Oliver Stang (born 1988), German footballer
  • Peter J. Stang (born 1941), American chemist and professor
  • Theodor Stang (1836–1919), Norwegian engineer
  • Thomas Stang (1897–1982), Norwegian forester and businessman
  • William Stang (1854–1907), Roman Catholic bishop

Usage examples of "stang".

Lori Stang would like to embarrass her after her humbling experience at the press conference.

Lori Stang, but with the fact that he was being forced, in fear of his life, to call Pendragon.

Timbers framing the door were charred and crumbling, and a stang of green wood had been hammered into place to prevent collapse.

Abruptly, his gaze alighted on the stang of green wood that was bracing the charred and rotten timbers above the door.

The stang was taller than he, a fifteen-year growth of black spruce, three foot round and oozing pitch, and looking at it Crope knew what he must do.

Wrapping his arms around the gray and papery bark, he hugged the stang fast against his chest.

He heaved the stang to him, hearing the creak of unstable timber as half a ton of wood moved like an oiled crankshaft in his hands.

She and Angus were alone here, separated from the open space of the great hall by a bloodwood stang as wide as a smoke tower.

To ride the stang was a popular punishment for husbands who behaved cruelly to their wives.

Tablers William Ogden and Werner Stang spoke enthusiastically in support of surrendering U.

Mace Blackhail stepped out from behind a bloodwood stang and walked five paces forward before coming to a halt.

Everyone except Mace Blackhail, that was, who leaned against a bloodwood stang, seemingly in no hurry to do or say anything.

He no longer leaned casually against a stang, and for once the Wolf was at a loss for words.

Merana Ambrey and Kairen Stang, a Blue, were both Andoran, and for all that Aes Sedai supposedly forsook all allegiances save the White Tower, perhaps because they were estranged from the Tower, they worried that Rand sat in Caemlyn and might have murdered Morgase.

The ceiling was low and barrel-vaulted, the bloodwood stangs made bright by a wash of yellow ocher.