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  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 




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