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dab

noun (n)

  • a light touch or stroke (noun.act)
    Synonym: pat, tap
    source: wordnet30
  • a small quantity of something moist or liquid (noun.quantity)
    Synonym: splash, splatter
    Example:
    A dab of paint.
    source: wordnet30
  • A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • apply (usually a liquid) to a surface (verb.contact)
    Synonym: swab, swob
    Example:
    Dab the wall with paint.
    source: wordnet30
  • hit lightly (verb.contact)
    Synonym: pat
    source: wordnet30
  • To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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