- 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.
Dabs of red, blue and yellow paint.
dab definition by Webster's New World
- to touch or stroke lightly and quickly
- to pat with something soft or moist
- to put on (paint, etc.) with light, quick strokes
Origin: Middle English dabben, to strike, akin to Middle Dutch dabben and amp; 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 rouge
- dabber noun
- any of several flounders (esp. Limanda proboscidea) of coastal waters
- any small flatfish
Origin: Middle English dabbe ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
dab definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dabbed dabbed, dab·bing, dabs verb, transitive
- To apply with short poking strokes: dabbed some paint on the worn spots.
- To cover lightly with or as if with a moist substance.
- To strike or hit lightly.
- A small amount: a dab of jelly.
- A quick light pat.
Origin: Middle English dabben, to strike.
Origin: Middle English dabbe.
noun Chiefly British
Origin: Origin unknown.
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.