sting-v; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: cause a sharp or stinging pain to

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[concrete] STING NP2[concrete]

Smoke stung his eyes and he blinked away the tears.
The peppers stung her mouth and nose.
My sunburn stings dreadfully.

VerbNet: touch-20-1,tingle-40.8.2
FrameNet: Cause_harm,Perception_body
PropBank: sting.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: deliver a sting to, pierce

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[concrete] STING NP2[concrete] NP1[agent] STING NP2[concrete]

A bee stung my arm yesterday.
The poisonous dart stung the deer as it fled through the bushes.
Tiny shards of flying glass stung his face.

VerbNet: touch-20-1
FrameNet: Perception_body
PropBank: sting.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: affect the emotional state of

NOTE: the effect is usually negative, but not always.
NOTE: Use this sense for individuals or groups of individuals spoken of as social groups, not for corporations or organizations. Syntax is: NP1[abstract] STING NP2[human]

Consumers are stung by the desire to buy more pizza.
His remarks stung her.
He was stung by shame.

VerbNet: amuse-31.1
FrameNet: Experiencer_obj
PropBank: sting.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: saddle with something unpleasant; affect in a negative way

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[abstract] STING NP2[inanimate]
NOTE: In this sense [+animate] also refers to companies, corporations and institutions and other groups populated by a collection of people whose individual emotions are not indexed.

The electronics retailer was stung with a $9 million piracy fine.
Stung by the negative ads, the company decided to publish some of
their own.
The recent scandal stung the new candiate's campaign.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: sting.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3