Dab meaning

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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.

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To apply with short poking strokes.

Dabbed some paint on the worn spots.

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To touch or stroke lightly and quickly.
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To put on (paint, etc.) with light, quick strokes.
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A light, quick stroke; tap; pat.
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Any of several flounders (esp. Limanda proboscidea) of coastal waters.
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An expert; dab hand.
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See DAB.
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The definition of a dab is a quick touch or pat.

An example of a dab is a drop of red paint.

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Any of various flatfishes, especially the edible Limanda limanda of northeast Atlantic waters.
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To make light patting or stroking motions.

Dabbed at the wound with a piece of gauze.

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A quick light pat.
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(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.
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To press lightly in a repetitive motion with a soft object without rubbing.

I dabbed my face with a towel.

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To apply a substance in this way.

He dabbed moisturizing liquid on his face.

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To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
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A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow.
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(African American Vernacular) A soft, playful box given in greeting or approval.
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A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance.
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(chiefly in the plural, dated, British) Fingerprint.
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With a dab, or sudden contact.
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One skilful or proficient; an expert; an adept.
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A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limanda; a flounder.
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(US) A sand dab, a small flatfish of genus Citharichthys.
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Digital audio broadcasting.
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Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (a pro-Beijing political party in the HKSAR)
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To cover lightly with or as if with a moist substance.

Dabbed the back of the fabric with glue.

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A small amount.

A dab of jelly.

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A dab hand.
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To pat with something soft or moist.
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A small, soft or moist bit of something.

A dab of lip gloss.

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Any small flatfish.
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Dictionary of American Biography.
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Origin of dab

  • Middle English dabben to strike

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English dabbe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps corrupted from adept.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary