Dabs of red, blue and yellow paint.
- The definition of a dab is a quick touch or pat.
An example of a dab is a drop of red paint.
- Dab is defined as lightly touching, or adding a bit of moisture.
An example of dab is to gently dip the end of a paper towel into water.
intransitive verbdabbed, dab′bing
- to touch or stroke lightly and quickly
- to pat with something soft or moist
- to put on (paint, etc.) with light, quick strokes
Origin of dabMiddle English dabben, to strike, akin to Middle Dutch dabben and Norwegian dabba from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form dhabh-, to strike
- a light, quick stroke; tap; pat
- a small, soft or moist bit of something: a dab of lip gloss
- any of several flounders (esp. Limanda proboscidea) of coastal waters
- any small flatfish
Origin of dabMiddle English dabbe from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
verbdabbed, dab·bing, dabs
- To apply with short poking strokes: dabbed some paint on the worn spots.
- To cover lightly with or as if with a moist substance: dabbed the back of the fabric with glue.
- a. To rub or pat (something) lightly: dabbed his eye with the corner of his sleeve.b. To press (something) lightly against an object or surface: dabbed a napkin to her lips.c. To remove or brush away with light strokes: dabbed the tears from the child's eyes.
- A small amount: a dab of jelly.
- A quick light pat.
Origin of dabMiddle English dabben to strike
Origin of dabMiddle English dabbe
Origin of dabOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present dabs, present participle dabbing, simple past and past participle dabbed)
From Middle English dabben (“to strike”), cognate with Middle Dutch dabben (“to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble”) (Dutch dabben (“(of a horse) to stamp with the forelegs”)), Dutch deppen (“to dab”), German tappen (“to fumble, grope”). The noun is from Middle English dabbe (“a strike, blow”), from the verb. Related to tap.
Perhaps corrupted from adept.
- digital audio broadcasting
- Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (a pro-Beijing political party in the HKSAR)
dab - Computer Definition
(Digital Audio Broadcasting) The digital radio standard in most countries except for the U.S., which uses iBiquity's HD Radio, and Japan, which uses Terrestrial Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T). Developed by the Eureka 147 Project in Europe, DAB uses frequencies from 175 to 239 MHz and 1.45 to 1.49 GHz. DAB+, which is backward compatible with DAB, is based on the aacPlus Version 2 digital audio standard (see aacPlus). For more information, visit the World DAB Forum at www.worlddab.org. See HD Radio and mobile TV.