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dab 1

 (dăb)
v. dabbed, dab·bing, dabs
v.tr.
1. To apply with short poking strokes: dabbed some paint on the worn spots.
2. To cover lightly with or as if with a moist substance: dabbed the back of the fabric with glue.
3.
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.
v.intr.
To make light patting or stroking motions: dabbed at the wound with a piece of gauze.
n.
1. A small amount: a dab of jelly.
2. A quick light pat.

[Middle English dabben, to strike.]

dab 2

 (dăb)
n.
Any of various flatfishes, especially the edible Limanda limanda of northeast Atlantic waters.

[Middle English dabbe.]

dab 3

 (dăb)
n. Chiefly British
A dab hand.

[Origin unknown.]

dab

(dæb)
vb, dabs, dabbing or dabbed
1. to touch lightly and quickly
2. (tr) to daub with short tapping strokes: to dab the wall with paint.
3. (tr) to apply (paint, cream, etc) with short tapping strokes
n
4. a small amount, esp of something soft or moist: a dab of ink.
5. a small light stroke or tap, as with the hand
6. (often plural) chiefly Brit a slang word for fingerprint
[C14: of imitative origin]

dab

(dæb)
n
1. (Animals) a small common European brown flatfish, Limanda limanda, covered with rough toothed scales: family Pleuronectidae: a food fish
2. (Animals) (often plural) any of various other small flatfish, esp flounders. Compare sand dab
3. (Animals) Also called: patiki a sand flounder, Rhombosolea plebia, common around New Zealand's South Island
[C15: from Anglo-French dabbe, of uncertain origin]

DAB

abbreviation for
(Broadcasting) digital audio broadcasting

dab1

(dæb)

v. dabbed, dab•bing,
n. v.t.
1. to pat or tap gently: I dabbed my eyes with a handkerchief.
2. to apply (a substance) by light strokes.
3. to strike, esp. lightly.
v.i.
4. to strike lightly; make a dab; pat: She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
n.
5. a quick or light pat, as with something soft.
6. a small lump or quantity: a dab of powder.
[1250–1300; compare Norwegian dabbe shuffle along, German tappen grope]
dab′ber, n.

dab2

(dæb)

n.
any of several flatfishes of the genus Limanda, esp. the European flatfish, L. limanda.
[1570–80; of obscure orig.]

dab3

(dæb)

n. Slang.
a person skilled in something; expert.
Also called dab′ hand′.
[1685–95; of uncertain orig.]

DAB

Dictionary of American Biography.

dab


Past participle: dabbed
Gerund: dabbing

Imperative
dab
dab
Present
I dab
you dab
he/she/it dabs
we dab
you dab
they dab
Preterite
I dabbed
you dabbed
he/she/it dabbed
we dabbed
you dabbed
they dabbed
Present Continuous
I am dabbing
you are dabbing
he/she/it is dabbing
we are dabbing
you are dabbing
they are dabbing
Present Perfect
I have dabbed
you have dabbed
he/she/it has dabbed
we have dabbed
you have dabbed
they have dabbed
Past Continuous
I was dabbing
you were dabbing
he/she/it was dabbing
we were dabbing
you were dabbing
they were dabbing
Past Perfect
I had dabbed
you had dabbed
he/she/it had dabbed
we had dabbed
you had dabbed
they had dabbed
Future
I will dab
you will dab
he/she/it will dab
we will dab
you will dab
they will dab
Future Perfect
I will have dabbed
you will have dabbed
he/she/it will have dabbed
we will have dabbed
you will have dabbed
they will have dabbed
Future Continuous
I will be dabbing
you will be dabbing
he/she/it will be dabbing
we will be dabbing
you will be dabbing
they will be dabbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dabbing
you have been dabbing
he/she/it has been dabbing
we have been dabbing
you have been dabbing
they have been dabbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dabbing
you will have been dabbing
he/she/it will have been dabbing
we will have been dabbing
you will have been dabbing
they will have been dabbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dabbing
you had been dabbing
he/she/it had been dabbing
we had been dabbing
you had been dabbing
they had been dabbing
Conditional
I would dab
you would dab
he/she/it would dab
we would dab
you would dab
they would dab
Past Conditional
I would have dabbed
you would have dabbed
he/she/it would have dabbed
we would have dabbed
you would have dabbed
they would have dabbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dab - a light touch or stroke
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
2.dab - a small quantity of something moist or liquid; "a dab of paint"; "a splatter of mud"; "just a splash of whiskey"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
Verb1.dab - apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with paint"
apply, put on - apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!"
2.dab - hit lightly; "pat him on the shoulder"
strike - deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

dab

verb
1. pat, press, touch, stroke, tap, wipe, mop, blot, swab dabbing her eyes with a tissue
2. apply, spread, smudge, daub, spot, stipple, bedaub She dabbed iodine on the cuts.
noun
1. spot, little, bit, drop, touch, taste, suggestion, pat, trace, hint, dash, particle, splash, sprinkle, smear, lick, trickle, dribble, fleck, smudge, tad (informal), speck, dollop (informal), modicum, soupçon, smidgen or smidgin (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) a dab of glue
2. touch, stroke, flick, smear, blot, smudge just one dab of the right fragrance

dab 1

verb
To spread with a greasy, sticky, or dirty substance:
noun

dab 2

noun
Chiefly British. A person with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field:
Informal: whiz.
Slang: crackerjack.
Translations
شَيْء قَليل مِنلَمْسَه، تَرْبيتَهيَمْسَحُ، يُرَبِّتُ
jemný dotekkapkalehce poklepávat/poťukávatždibeček
dupduppeen lille smuleklat
megérintés
bera lauslega álétt snertingsmáklípa, klína
gniužulasgumulasšvelniai nuspaudytišvelnus prisilietimas
piciņapiesitienspieskārienspikucītisviegli pieskarties
kúštikľahko sa dotýkaťľahký dotyk
azıcıkbir parçahafif hafif bastırmakhafifçe dokunuş

dab

1 [dæb]
A. N
1. (= light stroke) → toque m; (= blow) → golpecito m
2. (= small amount) → pizca f; [of paint] → ligero brochazo m; [of liquid] → gota f
3. dabs (esp Brit) → huellas fpl digitales
B. VT (= touch lightly) → tocar ligeramente; (with cream, butter) → untar ligeramente; (with paint, water) → dar unos toques a
to dab a stain offquitar una mancha humedeciéndola
to dab onuntar ligeramente
dab at VI + PREP to dab at one's mouth/eyeslimpiarse la boca/los ojos (dándose toquecitos)

dab

2 [dæb] N (= fish) → lenguado m

dab

3 [dæb]
A. ADJ to be a dab hand at (doing) sth (Brit) → ser un hacha para (hacer) algo
B. ADV dab in the middle (US) → en el mismo centro

DAB

[ˈdæb] n abbr (RADIO) (=digital audio broadcasting) → DAB m

dab

[ˈdæb]
vt
[+ one's eyes, lips] → se tamponner
He dabbed his lips with the napkin → Il se tamponna les lèvres avec la serviette.
to dab sth on sth [+ paint, cream] → appliquer qch par petites touches sur qch
He dabbed some paint on the wall → Il a appliqué de la peinture sur le mur par petites touches.
n
a dab [glue, paste, glue] → un peu
a dab of paint → un petit coup de peinture
dab at
vt [+ something damp] → tamponner; [+ one's eyes, mouth] → se tamponner; [+ wound] → tamponner

dab

1
n
(= small amount)Klecks m; (applied with puff, of cream etc) → Tupfer m; (of liquid, perfume, glue etc)Tropfen m; (of butter)Klacks m; a dab of powder/ointment etcetwas or ein bisschen Puder/Salbe etc; to give something a dab of paintetw überstreichen
dabs pl (Brit inf: = fingerprints) → Fingerabdrücke pl
vt (with powder etc) → betupfen; (with towel etc) → tupfen; to dab one’s eyessich (dat)die Augen tupfen; she dabbed ointment/powder on her face/the woundsie betupfte sich (dat)das Gesicht/die Wunde mit Salbe/Puder

dab

2
n (= fish)Kliesche f, → Scharbe f

dab

3
adj (inf) to be a dab hand at somethinggut in etw (dat)sein; to be a dab hand at doing somethingsich darauf verstehen, etw zu tun

dab

1 [dæb]
1. n (light stroke) → colpetto, tocco; (of paint) → pennellata; (small amount) → pochino, punta; (of glue) → goccio
a dab of paint → un colpetto di vernice
2. adj to be a dab hand at sth/at doing sth (fam) → essere in gambissima in qc/a fare qc
3. vt (touch lightly) (also dab at) → picchiettare lievemente; (eyes, wound) → tamponare; (apply, paint, cream) to dab sth on sthapplicare qc con colpetti leggeri su qc

dab

2 [dæb] n (fish) → limanda

dab

(dӕb) past tense, past participle dabbed verb
to touch gently with something soft or moist. He dabbed the wound gently with cottonwool.
noun
1. a small lump of anything soft or moist. a dab of butter.
2. a gentle touch. a dab with a wet cloth.
References in classic literature ?
But she has no great tenderness even in her best of moods, and, sooner or later -- oftener soon than late -- is apt to fling off her nestlings with a scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak, or a rankling wound from her barbed arrows.
I took out the plug and shook out the little dab of quick- silver, and set my teeth in.
Well, now, you can see, yourself, that when you come to spread a little dab of people like that over these hundreds of billions of miles of American territory here in heaven, it is like scattering a ten-cent box of homoeopathic pills over the Great Sahara and expecting to find them again.
For some years Wilson had been privately at work on a whimsical almanac, for his amusement--a calendar, with a little dab of ostensible philosophy, usually in ironical form, appended to each date; and the judge thought that these quips and fancies of Wilson's were neatly turned and cute; so he carried a handful of them around one day, and read them to some of the chief citizens.
There," said Solomon, making a dab at Miss Pross's lips with his own.
He was a smooth one to talk, and was a dab at the ways of gentlefolks.
The youth saw his features wrathfully red, and saw him make a dab with his sword.
Poyser observed, "allays aggravated me: it was as if you was a insect, and he was going to dab his finger-nail on you.
One day last spring, in town, I was in company with two men, striking instances of what I am talking of; Lord St Ives, whose father we all know to have been a country curate, without bread to eat; I was to give place to Lord St Ives, and a certain Admiral Baldwin, the most deplorable-looking personage you can imagine; his face the colour of mahogany, rough and rugged to the last degree; all lines and wrinkles, nine grey hairs of a side, and nothing but a dab of powder at top.
Well, a damp dab of mud like this confounded island seems the last place where one would think of fires.
If there were only one dab of mud to be found in the whole of London, I am convinced I should carry it off from all competitors.
He took Miss Milton down, of course, put her in a corner, and having served her to a dab of ice and one macaroon, he devoted himself to his own supper with such interest, that Polly would have fared badly, if Tom had not come and rescued her.