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swab

also swob  (swŏb)
n.
1.
a. A small piece of absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or wire and used for cleansing a surface, applying medicine, or collecting a sample of a substance.
b. A sample collected with a swab.
2. A sponge or patch of absorbent material used to clean the bore of a firearm or cannon.
3. A mop used for cleaning floors or decks.
4. Slang A sailor.
5. Slang A lout.
tr.v. swabbed, swab·bing, swabs also swobbed or swob·bing or swobs
1. To use a swab on.
2. To clean with a swab.
3. To collect a sample from (a person, for example) using a swab.

[Back-formation from swabber, mop for a ship's deck (from obsolete Dutch *zwabber, from zwabben, to mop) or from obsolete Dutch swabbe, mop (from Middle Dutch).]

swab

(swɒb)
n
1. (Medicine) med
a. a small piece of cotton, gauze, etc, for use in applying medication, cleansing a wound, or obtaining a specimen of a secretion, etc
b. the specimen so obtained
2. (Tools) a mop for cleaning floors, decks, etc
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a brush used to clean a firearm's bore
4. slang an uncouth or worthless fellow
vb, swabs, swabbing or swabbed
5. (Medicine) (tr) to clean or medicate with or as if with a swab
6. (foll by: up) to take up with a swab
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch swabbe mop; related to Norwegian svabba to splash, Dutch zwabberen to mop, German schwappen to slop over]

swab

or swob

(swɒb)

n., v. swabbed, swab•bing. n.
1. a large mop used on shipboard for cleaning decks, living quarters, etc.
2. a bit of cotton, sponge, or the like, often fixed to a stick, for applying medicaments, cleansing the mouth, etc.
3. material collected with a swab as a specimen.
4. a wad of absorbent material for cleaning the bore of a firearm.
5. Slang. a sailor; swabby.
6. Slang. a clumsy oaf.
v.t.
7. to clean with or as if with a swab.
8. to take up or apply (moisture, etc.) with or as if with a swab.
[1645–55; < swabber]

swab

- As in "mop the decks," it is a back-formation from swabber, "sailor who mops the decks," from a Germanic base meaning "splash."
See also related terms for splash.

swab


Past participle: swabbed
Gerund: swabbing

Imperative
swab
swab
Present
I swab
you swab
he/she/it swabs
we swab
you swab
they swab
Preterite
I swabbed
you swabbed
he/she/it swabbed
we swabbed
you swabbed
they swabbed
Present Continuous
I am swabbing
you are swabbing
he/she/it is swabbing
we are swabbing
you are swabbing
they are swabbing
Present Perfect
I have swabbed
you have swabbed
he/she/it has swabbed
we have swabbed
you have swabbed
they have swabbed
Past Continuous
I was swabbing
you were swabbing
he/she/it was swabbing
we were swabbing
you were swabbing
they were swabbing
Past Perfect
I had swabbed
you had swabbed
he/she/it had swabbed
we had swabbed
you had swabbed
they had swabbed
Future
I will swab
you will swab
he/she/it will swab
we will swab
you will swab
they will swab
Future Perfect
I will have swabbed
you will have swabbed
he/she/it will have swabbed
we will have swabbed
you will have swabbed
they will have swabbed
Future Continuous
I will be swabbing
you will be swabbing
he/she/it will be swabbing
we will be swabbing
you will be swabbing
they will be swabbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been swabbing
you have been swabbing
he/she/it has been swabbing
we have been swabbing
you have been swabbing
they have been swabbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been swabbing
you will have been swabbing
he/she/it will have been swabbing
we will have been swabbing
you will have been swabbing
they will have been swabbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been swabbing
you had been swabbing
he/she/it had been swabbing
we had been swabbing
you had been swabbing
they had been swabbing
Conditional
I would swab
you would swab
he/she/it would swab
we would swab
you would swab
they would swab
Past Conditional
I would have swabbed
you would have swabbed
he/she/it would have swabbed
we would have swabbed
you would have swabbed
they would have swabbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swab - implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretionswab - implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
2.swab - cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handleswab - cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors
cleaning device, cleaning equipment, cleaning implement - any of a large class of implements used for cleaning
dry mop, dust mop, dustmop - a dry swab for dusting floors
mop handle - the handle of a mop
sponge mop - a wet mop with a sponge as the absorbent
Verb1.swab - wash with a swab or a mop; "swab the ship's decks"
mop, mop up, wipe up - to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop; "Mop the hallway now"; "He mopped her forehead with a towel"
2.swab - 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!"
Translations

swab

[swɒb]
A. N
1. (= cloth, mop) → estropajo m, trapo m
2. (Naut) → lampazo m
3. (Med) (for cleaning wound) → algodón m, tampón m; (for specimen) → frotis m
B. VT
1. (Naut) (also swab down) → limpiar, fregar
2. (Med) [+ wound] → limpiar (con algodón)

swab

[ˈswɒb]
n
(MEDICINE) (= cotton wool) → tampon m
(MEDICINE) (= sample) → prélèvement m
vt
(also swab down) [+ deck, floor] → nettoyer

swab

n
(Med) → Tupfer m; (= specimen)Abstrich m; to take a swabeinen Abstrich machen
(Naut) → Mop m
vt
(Med) wound etc(ab)tupfen
(Naut: also swab down) → wischen

swab

[swɒb]
1. n (Med) (for cleaning wound, for specimen) → tampone m
2. vt (Naut) (also swab down) → redazzare

swab

n. escobillón;
vt. limpiar, fregar.

swab

n hisopo or bastoncillo de algodón, palillo con punta de algodón; vt frotar con hisopo (para aplicar antiséptico, tomar una muestra, etc.)
References in classic literature ?
A certain dark-complexioned Swab, however, who wouldn't fill, or do anything else that was proposed to him, and whose heart was openly stated(by the boatswain) to be as black as his figure-head, proposed to two other Swabs to get all mankind into difficulties; which was so effectually done (the Swab family having considerable political influence) that it took half the evening to set things right, and then it was only brought about through an honest little grocer with a white hat, black gaiters, and red nose, getting into a clock, with a gridiron, and listening, and coming out, and knocking everybody down from behind with the gridiron whom he couldn't confute with what he had overheard.
Doctors is all swabs," he said; "and that doctor there, why, what do he know about seafaring men?
to that eternal doctor swab, and tell him to pipe all hands--magistrates and sich--and he'll lay 'em aboard at the Admiral Benbow--all old Flint's crew, man and boy, all on 'em that's left.
So it goes with the world, squire,” cried Benjamin; “if so be that a man wants to walk the quarter-deck with credit, d’ye see, and with regular built swabs on his shoulders, he mustn’t think to do it by getting in at the cabin windows.
Now and again he shook his head to clear the sweat trickling from his eyebrows, and it was then that George, watching his chance, would slide down the life-rail and swab his face quickly with a big red handkerchief.
Once a week Deesa led Moti Guj down to the river, and Moti Gui lay on his side luxuriously in the shallows, while Deesa went over him with a coir swab and a brick.
Dan threw him a swab, and he leaned over the dory, mopping up the slime clumsily, but with great good-will.
Badger, "speaking in his figurative naval manner, that when you make pitch hot, you cannot make it too hot; and that if you only have to swab a plank, you should swab it as if Davy Jones were after you.
Then the other swab knew of it, and we'll settle with him.
I'm Cap'n here, though, I'll have you to understand, you swab," shrieked Snipes, with a volley of frightful oaths.
Then we shall see if there is any truth in what that swab of a doctor said.
Blessed if I believe the swab was a certificated doctor at all.