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Meaning of DAB

Pronunciation:  dab

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a light touch or stroke
  2. [n]  a small quantity of something moist or soft; "a dab of paint"; "a splatter of mud"
  3. [v]  hit lightly
  4. [v]  apply (usually a liquid) to a surface

DAB is a 3 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: pat, pat, splash, splatter, swab, swob, tap
 See Also: apply, put on, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, strike, touch, touching



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dab\ (d[a^]b), n. [Perh. corrupted fr. adept.]
    A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert. [Colloq.]
          One excels at a plan or the titlepage, another works
          away at the body of the book, and the third is a dab at
          an index.                                --Goldsmith.
  2. \Dab\, n. [Perh. so named from its quickness in diving
    beneath the sand. Cf. {Dabchick}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the
    European species, {Pleuronectes limanda}. The American rough
    dab is {Hippoglossoides platessoides}.
  3. \Dab\ (d[a^]b), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dabbed} (d[a^]bd); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Dabbing}.] [OE. dabben to strice; akin to OD.
    dabben to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble, and perh. to G.
    tappen to grope.]
    1. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist
       substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
             A sore should . . . be wiped . . . only by dabbing
             it over with fine lint.               --S. Sharp.
    2. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or
       thrust. ``To dab him in the neck.'' --Sir T. More.
  4. \Dab\, n.
    1. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a
       sudden blow or hit; a peck.
             A scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak.
    2. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
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