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dab

to press briefly with a cloth, sponge, etc. without rubbing: dab a cut to stop the bleeding; to press lightly
Not to be confused with:
daub – to coat or smear a surface with a thick substance; to paint crudely: daub the primer on the raw wood
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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.]
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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
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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

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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
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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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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
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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.
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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
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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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
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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.
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