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dabble


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dabble  \Dab"ble\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dabbled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dabbling}.]  [Freq.  of  dab:  cf  OD  dabbelen.] 
  To  wet  by  little  dips  or  strokes;  to  spatter;  to  sprinkle;  to 
  moisten;  to  wet.  ``Bright  hair  dabbled  in  blood.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dabble  \Dab"ble\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  play  in  water,  as  with  the  hands;  to  paddle  or  splash 
  in  mud  or  water. 
 
  Where  the  duck  dabbles  'mid  the  rustling  sedge. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  2.  To  work  in  slight  or  superficial  manner;  to  do  in  a  small 
  way  to  tamper;  to  meddle.  ``Dabbling  here  and  there  with 
  the  text.''  --Atterbury. 
 
  During  the  ferst  year  at  Dumfries,  Burns  for  the 
  ferst  time  began  to  dabble  in  politics.  --J.  C. 
  Shairp 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dabble 
  v  1:  dip  a  foot  or  hand  briefly  into  a  liquid 
  2:  play  in  or  as  if  in  water,  as  of  small  children  [syn:  {paddle}, 
  {splash  around}] 
  3:  work  with  in  a  non-serious  manner;  "She  dabbles  in 
  astronomy"  [syn:  {smatter},  {play  at},  {dip  into},  {dabble 
  with},  {dabble  at},  {dabble  in}] 




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