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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an insect sting (=a hole in your skin made by an insect)
▪ This cream is good for treating insect stings.
savage/stinging/vicious/biting satire
▪ a biting satire of the television industry
stinging nettle
cut/sting/pierce sb to the quick
▪ Son, you really cut down to the quick.
▪ That's probably why she sent him - she knew it would cut him to the quick.
▪ The answer cut him to the quick.
stinging attack/report/letter etc
▪ Mr Smith launched a stinging attack on John Major, ridiculing him as a man who has lost control of events.
▪ The company which used to give £40,000 a year to Tory funds, launched a stinging attack on Government policies.
▪ What upsets her much more than the two columns is a stinging letter to the editor published in the sports pages.
▪ Cigarette smoke stings my eyes.
▪ Henry was stung by a bee at the picnic.
▪ His cheek stung where his mother had slapped him.
▪ Lathan was stung by the senator's harsh criticism.
▪ The paper cut on my finger really stings.
▪ The smoke stung my eyes.
▪ The smoke made our eyes sting.
▪ Gabby felt tears sting her eyes, suddenly realizing the full force of what was happening.
▪ He concludes that the mist is a vapor which stings the skin of man.
▪ If it had been anyone but a Ryan ... She felt tears of frustration stinging her eyes.
▪ Returning to the jungle he finds he has to kill Lowery who has been stung by a Varga.
▪ Though not as deadly as the sea wasp, this jellyfish can cause severe irritation if it stings a human.
▪ For a human being a wasp or bee sting is always painful, but not necessarily serious.
▪ Fire officials said bee stings and poison oak were the most serious problems.
▪ That is only a fraction of the numbers killed by bee stings.
▪ For most people, the reaction to a bee sting is swelling and pain.
▪ First, a media sting operation caught several senior government aides taking bribes from arms dealers.
▪ Starting in the early 1990s, federal agents began setting up sting operations, including several in Maryland.
▪ Most of the suppliers accused in the sting operations have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.
▪ Plain and simple, LaPlante ran a sting operation on Flinn and entrapped her.
▪ And it also served to draw stings: it ensured the main issue got cloaked in unimportant wranglings.
▪ In other cases, they met or even anticipated the claims, drawing their sting in advance.
▪ A 12.5% dividend hike drew the sting from the results, and the shares fell just 5p to 233p.
▪ Gassendi accepts them, but draws their sting.
▪ Hall kept him moving and gradually drew the sting from his opponent's game.
▪ Devoutness seems to have drawn the old satiric sting.
▪ Voice over Coetzer must draw that sting to stand any chance of survival on Saturday.
▪ Walking from the taxi to his apartment, Ross had felt the sting and throb in his face for the first time.
▪ Even ten years later, he felt the sting of the rebuke, the motive for which he still fails to understand.
▪ We can smile, yet at the same time feel the sting of such a recognition of discrimination, intolerance and bigotry.
▪ Only afterward, on the hike back to the parking lot, did I begin to feel the sting of Red Disaster.
▪ Pivoting on the slow death fulcrum, he felt the hot sting of his own blood spilling from him.
▪ She squeezed her eyes shut tightly, feeling the sting of tears behind her eyelids.
▪ She felt a mild nettle sting.
▪ Not to want what couldn't be had no doubt took the sting from things.
▪ Leaders also encourage creativity when they take the sting out of failure.
▪ Middlesbrough, however, had taken the sting out of Leicester and were playing with more confidence and control at this stage.
▪ Or you can take away the sting of an unsettling situation by overlaying it with positive associations.
▪ I had never felt the sting of discrimination before.
▪ I still felt the sting of her slap on my cheek.
▪ The bee sting had left a red mark on my arm.
▪ And not much chance of Fishy learning enough of the local lingo to set up a sting like this.
▪ Even ten years later, he felt the sting of the rebuke, the motive for which he still fails to understand.
▪ Only afterward, on the hike back to the parking lot, did I begin to feel the sting of Red Disaster.
▪ Passage of the bill would ease some of the sting that the White House has felt since its initiative failed.
▪ Walking from the taxi to his apartment, Ross had felt the sting and throb in his face for the first time.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.


Sting \Sting\, n. [AS. sting a sting. See Sting, v. t.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. (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.

  3. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.

    The sting of death is sin.
    --1 Cor. xv. 56.

  4. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging. ``The lurking serpent's mortal sting.''

  5. A goad; incitement.

  6. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.

    Sting moth (Zo["o]l.), an Australian moth ( Doratifera vulnerans) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body, with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs.

    Sting ray. (Zo["o]l.) See under 6th Ray.

    Sting winkle (Zo["o]l.), a spinose marine univalve shell of the genus Murex, as the European species ( Murex erinaceus). See Illust. of Murex.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English stingan "to stab, pierce, or prick with a point" (of weapons, insects, plants, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *stingan (cognates: Old Norse stinga, Old High German stungen "to prick," Gothic us-stagg "to prick out," Old High German stanga, German stange "pole, perch," German stengel "stalk, stem"), perhaps from PIE *stengh-, nasalized form of root *stegh- "to prick, sting" (cognates: Old English stagga "stag," Greek stokhos "pointed stake").\n

\nSpecialized to insects late 15c. Intransitive sense "be sharply painful" is from 1848. Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" is from 1812. Old English past tense stang, past participle stungen; the past tense later leveled to stung.


Old English stincg, steng "act of stinging, puncture, thrust," from the root of sting (v.). Meaning "sharp-pointed organ capable of inflicting a painful puncture wound" is from late 14c. Meaning "carefully planned theft or robbery" is attested from 1930; sense of "police undercover entrapment" first attested 1975.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A bump left on the skin after having been stung. 2 A bite by an insect. 3 A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack. 4 A sharp, localised pain primarily on the epidermis 5 (context botany English) A sharp-pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which secretes an acrid fluid, as in nettles. 6 The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging. 7 (context law enforcement English) A police operation in which the police pretend to be criminals in order to catch a criminal. 8 A short percussive phrase played by a drummer to accent the punchline in a comedy show. 9 A brief sequence of music used in films, TV as a form of punctuation in a dramatic or comedic scene. In certain videogames stings are used to predict immediate future actions or to illustrate a current tension or mood. 10 A support for a wind tunnel model which extends parallel to the air flow. 11 (context figurative English) The harmful or painful part of something. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point, or both. 2 (context transitive of an insect English) To bite. 3 (context intransitive sometimes figurative English) To hurt, to be in pain.

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

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

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

  5. [also: stung]

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

  2. deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: 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]

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

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

  6. [also: stung]


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STING (productivity)

STING is a mnemonic describing a five-point method for the execution of everyday tasks.

The five components of STING are:

  • Select one task
  • Time yourself
  • Ignore everything else
  • No breaks
  • Give yourself a reward
Sting (song)

"Sting" is a 2015 song by Swedish singer Eric Saade. He is taking part with the song in Melodifestivalen 2015 in a bid to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The song is co-written by Sam Arash Fahmi, Fredrik Kempe, Hamed "K-one" Pirouzpanah and David Kreuger. Saade performed the song live during the first semi-final round of Melodifestivalen on 7 February 2015 in Gothenburg's Scandinavium. Coming first/second that day, he qualified to the Finals held on 14 March 2015 in Stockholm where he came fifth overall after the televoting and jury results was revealed.

Sting (Middle-earth)

Sting is a fictional artefact from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy universe of Middle-earth. In the story, it is a magical Elvish knife or dagger presumably forged in Gondolin in the First Age.

In The Hobbit (1937), hobbit Bilbo Baggins finds the blade in a troll-hoard, along with the swords Glamdring and Orcrist. Although it is only a dagger by the standard of Men or Elves, it serves as a sword for the diminutive Bilbo. He uses it to fight off the giant spiders in Mirkwood, and names the blade after the talking spiders refer to it as his "sting". Gollum is afraid of Sting, which aids Bilbo in his confrontation with Gollum under the Misty Mountains. Bilbo gives Sting to his nephew Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring (1954). When Frodo is betrayed at the pass of Cirith Ungol, Samwise Gamgee takes the blade to prevent it from falling into enemy hands, but later returns it to Frodo. In The Return of the King (1955), Frodo gives Sting and all of his other possessions to Sam before Frodo departs for the Undying Lands.

Sting has the magical ability to detect orcs or goblins nearby, glowing blue in their presence. When orcs or goblins were present, it glowed blue, as it did when the Fellowship encountered orcs in the mines of Moria. Tolkien establishes this as a common property of First Age Elf blades, particularly those forged in Gondolin. Sting is also exceptionally sharp. Bilbo manages to thrust it without effort deep into a wooden beam at Rivendell. Frodo also wounds a troll in Moria, after Boromir notches his own sword with his attempt. Sam uses Sting to cut through the giant spider Shelob's strong webs with ease, and also wound the spider, driving it away from the paralyzed Frodo.

Sting (musician)

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 2 October 1951), known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career.

He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards (his first in the category of best rock instrumental in 1980, for "Reggatta de Blanc"), three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014.

With The Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists. Solo and with The Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1's 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine's 100 greatest musical stars of 20th century. He has collaborated with other musicians, including " Rise & Fall" with Craig David, " All for Love", with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, " You Will Be My Ain True Love" with Alison Krauss, and introduced the North African music genre raï to Western audiences by his international hit " Desert Rose" with Cheb Mami.

Sting (EP)

Sting is the second mini-album by South Korean girl group Stellar. The EP consists of five songs and musically incorporates house, dance and pop/rock genres. It was released on January 18, 2016 by The Entertainment Pascal and distributed by Universal Music. To promote the mini-album the group appeared on several South Korean music programs, including Music Bank, Show! Music Core and Inkigayo.

Sting (wrestler)

Steve Borden, Sr. (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring nameSting, is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, author and former bodybuilder signed to WWE under a Legends contract. Sting is known for his time spent as the public face of two major pro wrestling companies: the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which displaced the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) as the leading pro wrestling organization in the United States from 1995–1998; and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). With a career spanning more than three decades, Borden cultivated a legacy as one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time.

Sting's 14-year tenure with WCW and its predecessor, Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), began in 1987. Dubbed "The Franchise of WCW", Sting held a total of 15 championships in the promotion – including the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on six occasions, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one occasion – and made more pay-per-view (PPV) appearances for the company than any other wrestler. He headlined the highest-grossing PPV event in WCW history at Starrcade in 1997. Upon the acquisition of WCW by the WWF in March 2001, Sting and his long-term rival Ric Flair were chosen to perform in the main event of the final episode of Nitro.

Following the expiration of his contract with WCW's parent company, AOL Time Warner, in March 2002, Borden held talks with the WWF but ultimately did not join the promotion, instead touring internationally with World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) – winning the WWA World Heavyweight Championship – before joining the then-upstart TNA in 2003. Over the following 11 years, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one further occasion and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times, and was the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012. He is the only man to hold the NWA, WCW and TNA world titles in a career. Previously described by WWE as the greatest wrestler never to have performed for that promotion, Sting finally joined the company in 2014, making his first appearance at Survivor Series and having his debut match at WrestleMania 31 the following year. His last ever bout, at Night of Champions in 2015, marked his sole PPV main event and WWE World Heavyweight Championship contest (and title match) for the organization. Sting headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016 on April 2, where he announced his retirement. His induction renders him the only performer to be inducted into both the WWE and TNA Hall of Fame, as well as the second man to be inducted while an active WWE wrestler, after Ric Flair.

Sting held 25 total championships throughout his career, including 21 between WCW and TNA. Readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him " Most Popular Wrestler of the Year" on four occasions, a record he shares with John Cena.

Sting (percussion)

A sting is a short sequence played by a drummer to punctuate a joke, especially an obvious or awful one. A sting is often used as accompaniment during cabaret- and circus-style shows. The sound of the sting is sometimes written ba dum tsh, ba-dum ching, and occasionally ba dum tis. An abbreviation used in chats is //* .

In the context of percussion, rimshot normally refers to a single stroke of the stick in which the rim and head of a drum are both struck simultaneously by the same stick, creating an accent. A rimshot in this context is only a component of the sting, and does not appear at all in some stings.

Common stings may feature a short roll followed by a crash or splash cymbal and kick drum, a flam, or a rimshot. The advanced example at right uses a tom then kick, followed by a pause to put the final stroke offbeat, and a final stroke using both the snare and kick drums to support a one-handed cymbal choke, meaning all three are hit at once.

Sting (musical phrase)

A sting is a short musical phrase, primarily used in broadcasting and films as a form of punctuation. For example, a sting might be used to introduce a regular section of a show, indicate the end of a scene, or indicate that a dramatic climax is imminent.

It can be played on a variety of instruments and performed by a group or orchestral ensemble.

Another form of sting, often mistakenly called a rimshot, is used only in comedy and played just on percussion instruments (such as drums or cymbals) as a payoff after the delivery of a punchline.

A musical sting can be used in drama, comedy, horror or any genre, and in radio and television advertising. It is a part of the music director's lexicon. It is often used to build tension. Stings are often used in horror movies to accentuate jump scares.

Sting (fixture)

In experimental fluid mechanics, a sting is a test fixture on which models are mounted for testing, e.g. in a wind tunnel. A sting is usually a long shaft attaching to the downstream end of the model so that it does not much disturb the flow over the model. The rear end of a sting usually has a conical fairing blending into the (wind tunnel) model support structure.

For minimum aerodynamic interference a sting should be as long as possible and have as small a diameter as possible, within the structural safety limits. Critical length of a sting (beyond which its influence on the flow around the model is small) is mostly dependent on Reynolds number. If the flow at the rear end of a model (model base) is laminar, the critical sting length can be as much as 12-15 base diameters. If the flow at model base is turbulent, critical sting length reduces to 3-5 model base diameters. Source also suggests a sting diameter of no more than about 30% of model base diameter. However, this may not be possible in wind tunnels with high dynamic pressures because large aerodynamic loads would cause unacceptably large deflections and/or stresses in the sting. Shorter stings of larger relative diameters must be used in such cases. A good rule-of-thumb is that, for acceptably low and test-conditions-independent aerodynamic interference in a high-Reynolds-number, high-dynamic-pressure wind tunnel, a sting should have a diameter "d" not larger than 30% to 50% of model base diameter "D" and should have a length "L" of at least three model base diameters, e.g. as specified for the AGARD-C calibration model), see figure.

If the test object (model) is to be placed at high angles of attack relative to the airstream (i.e. at an attitude beyond the operating range of the model support mechanism), a bent sting can be used, see figure. Bent stings usually produce higher aerodynamic interference than straight stings. If the test object (model) has a "boattail" rear end without a well-defined base through which a sting shaft can enter the model, a so-called Z-sting can be used, having a form reminiscent of the Latin letter "Z". The part of the sting entering the model is a thin aerodynamically shaped blade so as to minimize disturbance of the flow; see figure.

Stings often attach, at the front end, to internal wind tunnel balances to measure the forces on the model. Therefore, most stings have a central bore through which the cables from a balance or other in-model instrumentation can be conducted without exposure to the airflow.

When a model is mounted on a wind tunnel balance attached to a sting, care must be taken that no parts of the model touch the sting during a wind tunnel test; the only support of the model must be through the balance.


Sting (horse)

Sting (foaled 1921) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse bred and owned by James Butler (who also owned and raced his sire, Spur).

As a two-year-old, Sting won the Eclipse Stakes and Wakefield Handicap and finished third in the Ardsley Handicap and the Hartsdale Stakes. At three he won the July 8, 1924 Empire City Handicap, setting a track record of 2:03 for a mile and a quarter on the dirt at Empire City Race Track. As a four-year-old, he won the Metropolitan and Suburban Handicaps (then the most prestigious race on the East Coast of the United States for older horses). That year, Sting also set a new track record of 1:42 3/5 for a mile and a sixteenth in winning the Excelsior Handicap at Jamaica Racetrack and a new world record of 1:41 1/5 for a mile and seventy yards on dirt in winning the Montana Handicap. He also won the Excelsior and Salvator Handicaps, and placed second in the Brooklyn Handicap. In 18 lifetime starts Sting won nine, finished second once and third two times, earning a total of $44,713.

When his racing career ended, Sting stood at stud for his owner. Among his offspring, Questionnaire was his most successful runner.

Sting (Stellar song)

"Sting" is a Korean song recorded by South Korean girl group Stellar for their second extended play of the same name. The song was released on January 18, 2016 as the title track from the EP. It was produced and written by GDLO (MonoTree), who also worked on other songs for the EP. The music video was released on January 18 and a dance version on January 23, 2016.

"Sting" was described as an uptempo tropical house dance track. The music video for the song placed at number 7 of Billboard's Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America for January 2016 and at number 10 Around the World.

To promote the song and the EP, Stellar made several appearances on music programs including M Countdown, Music Bank, Show! Music Core and Inkigayo among others around January and February 2016. The song had moderate success in South Korea, peaking at number 90 on the Gaon Digital Chart.

Usage examples of "sting".

It is appropriately named nettle-rash, from its resemblance to the irritation caused by the sting of a nettle.

North Africa were so resistant to snake bites and scorpion stings that their saliva was considered a highly effective antivenin, and they were drafted for every campaign the Romans ever conducted on the African continent.

Scorpion or Serpent stings the Bull and Orion at Autumnal Equinox, 466-l.

But they took her aboard, drenching her with stinging antiseptics, scorching her skin with bactericidal ultraviolet rays.

When Barca tried to reach for it, a bright blue spark jumped from the hilt and stung his fingers, making him cry out and jump back.

What he did not want them to see was the occasional look of pained surprise or the muffled squeak she uttered when she was not quick enough with her shield and the pebble or tiny dart he bespelled to fly at her reached her hand or cheek and nipped and stung.

The vine had grown misty, and now began to dissipate on the fresh breeze that blew through the glade with an icy sting.

Year - The sting of the stirring sap Under the wizardry of the young-eyed Spring, Their summer amplitudes of pomp, Their rich autumnal melancholy, and the shrill, Embittered housewifery Of the lean Winter: all such things, And with them all the goodness of the Master, Whose right hand blesses with increase and life, Whose left hand honours with decay and death.

Granny Friday night, getting up before dawn on Saturday to hit the rain forest trail with Joe-Pie in search of the elusive stinging mashasha nettle and wild dumbcane, a Caribbean dieffenbachia that flourished only in the deep shade of the upper rain forest, then working with Granny again well into Saturday night doctoring a stick of gum, a long hot shower and then bed were all Selene was thinking about when Rutherford Macintosh delivered her back to the Kings Frederick and Christian Arms shortly before midnight.

Instead, Judge Milne delivered a stinging lecture to Nina in open court, widely quoted in the media, that made her red to the roots of her hair, beamed Jeffrey Riesner up to the moon, and yanked out the last shreds of her self-confidence.

Unfortunately, Moria noticed, and affected a little squeal as Turian, his expression worried, rubbed lotion on the long, thin sting welts.

Also unfortunately, Moria proved to be one of the nine out of a thousand who had an allergic reaction to sting toxins and Turian cranked up the engine to get the girl to hospital with all dispatch.

He closed stinging eyes and, in iron fortitude, pressed his overfaced body to move on.

He threw a long overhand left that caught Brynhild in the throat, but it cost him another stinging punch to the head in return.

Only when leaning forward in her seat was she made aware, by a sharp sting of pain, that the hair of her genitals was glued to her pantalettes with dried blood.