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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dab  \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. 
  --Hawthorne. 
 
  2.  A  small  mass  of  anything  soft  or  moist. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dab  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dab  \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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dab  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dab 
  n  1:  a  light  touch  or  stroke  [syn:  {tap},  {pat}] 
  2:  a  small  quantity  of  something  moist  or  soft;  "a  dab  of 
  paint";  "a  splatter  of  mud"  [syn:  {splash},  {splatter}] 
  v  1:  apply  (usually  a  liquid)  to  a  surface  [syn:  {swab},  {swob}] 
  2:  hit  lightly  [syn:  {pat}] 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  DAB 
  Digital  Audio  Broadcasting 
 
 




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