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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.)