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sting

 (stĭng)
v. stung (stŭng), sting·ing, stings
v.tr.
1. To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
2. To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain: smoke stinging our eyes.
3. To cause to suffer keenly in the mind or feelings: Those harsh words stung me.
4. To spur on or stimulate by sharp irritation: "A meaningless retort; the kind someone is stung into making out of sheer exasperation" (Paul Scott).
5. Slang To cheat or overcharge.
v.intr.
1. To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ: Do all bees sting?
2. To cause a sharp, smarting pain: The needle will sting a little.
n.
1. The act of stinging.
2. The wound or pain caused by stinging.
3. A sharp, piercing organ or part, often ejecting a venomous secretion, as the modified ovipositor of a bee or wasp or the spine of certain fishes.
4. A hurtful quality or power: the sting of rejection.
5. A keen stimulus or incitement; a goad or spur: the sting of curiosity.
6. Slang A confidence game, especially one implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals.

[Middle English stingen, from Old English stingan; see stegh- in Indo-European roots.]

sting′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stinging - a kind of painstinging - a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles"
hurting, pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
Adj.1.stinging - (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; "cutting remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment"
unkind - lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"

stinging

adjective
Translations

stinging

[ˈstɪŋɪŋ]
A. ADJ
1. [insect etc] → que pica, que tiene aguijón; [pain] → punzante
2. [remark etc] → mordaz
B. N (= sensation) → escozor m
C. CPD stinging nettle Nortiga f

stinging

adj
pain, sensation, blowstechend; cut, slap, ointmentbrennend; rainpeitschend; windscharf
(fig) commentstechend, schneidend; attackscharf
n (= sensation)Stechen nt

stinging

n dolor m, ardor m, picor m (esp. Esp)
References in classic literature ?
But now that her fierce wolves and her wild crows and her stinging bees were gone, and her slaves had been scared away by the Cowardly Lion, she saw there was only one way left to destroy Dorothy and her friends.
Only a few of them still move, rise, and feebly fly to settle on the enemy's hand, lacking the spirit to die stinging him; the rest are dead and fall as lightly as fish scales.
For, although they can inflict instantaneous death by a retrograde movement, yet unless they can at once disengage their stinging extremity from the struggling body of their victim, their own frail bodies are liable to be shattered.
No sooner had the Son promised than he received a stinging blow from the paternal walking-stick, and by the time he had counted to seventy-five had the unhappiness to see the old man jump into a waiting cab and whirl away.
Keeling Island -- Singular appearance -- Scanty Flora -- Transport of Seeds -- Birds and Insects -- Ebbing and flowing Springs -- Fields of dead Coral -- Stones transported in the roots of Trees -- Great Crab -- Stinging Corals -- Coral eating Fish -- Coral Formations -- Lagoon Islands, or Atolls -- Depth at which reef-building Corals can live -- Vast Areas interspersed with low Coral Islands -- Subsidence of their foundations -- Barrier Reefs -- Fringing Reefs -- Conversion of Fringing Reefs into Barrier Reefs, and into Atolls -- Evidence of changes in Level -- Breaches in Barrier Reefs -- Maldiva Atolls, their peculiar structure -- Dead and submerged Reefs -- Areas of subsidence and elevation -- Distribution of Volcanoes -- Subsidence slow, and vast in amount
The stinging property seems to vary in different specimens: when a piece was pressed or rubbed on the tender skin of the face or arm, a pricking sensation was usually caused, which came on after the interval of a second, and lasted only for a few minutes.
And then, of course,' she went on, as he showed no signs of flying to the house to pack his bag and catch the next train, 'the bees are always stinging you.
Scorpion-stung patients who referred to the health centre and hospital of city of Ramhormoz during 2006-2010 filled out a questioner requesting age, gender and residence of victim, stung part of body, color of stinging scorpion, treatment with or without antivenin injection, the way how antivenin applied and death due to the sting.
Jellyfish, together with corals, sea anemones and Portuguese men-of-war, belong to a group of marine animals armed with stinging capsules that discharge poison when they are touched.
JELLYFISH STINGS Their venom is contained in stinging cells that stick to the skin.
The treatment involves holding a bee in a pair of tweezers and deliberately stinging an area of skin.
It also contains great quantities of copier, calcium, proteins and oil that cause pain at the time of stinging.