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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dab
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dab perfume on sth (=quickly put perfume on )
▪ She dabbed some perfume on her throat.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ With big dabs of his brush, he began painting.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A dab with a handkerchief and an early morning sniff was my subterfuge.
▪ An absolute pristine typical Redesmere roach of old, complete with dab of orange under its chin.
▪ Dungeness beach yielded dabs to black lugworm.
▪ Hythe Range to Redoubt Wall for dabs, pout and rockling.
▪ Tender sand dabs, half a dozen or so to an order, in a light batter, make a good choice.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He dabbed his mouth with a napkin.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Don't pull them off but dab them with a little paraffin.
▪ He dabbed gently at her eyes.
▪ Polly turned the deadlock, and before reaching for the latch dabbed at her eyes with the hem of her nightshirt.
▪ She sort of flinches but I dab real soft and she lets me finish.
▪ Ted swallowed, dabbed his mouth with a napkin with the name of the restaurant on it in red.
▪ To remove melted plastic from an appliance, unplug appliance and dab off spot with nail polish remover.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dab

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.

Dab

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.

Dab

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.

Dab

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
dab

c.1300, dabben "to strike," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative. Modern sense of "strike with a slight, quick pressure" developed by mid-16c., influenced by French dauber (see daub). Related: Dabbed; dabbing. As a noun from c.1300, "heavy blow with a weapon." Dab hand is British slang, 1828, from dab "expert" (1690s), said to be school slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from dab in the "strike lightly" sense.

Wiktionary
dab

Etymology 1 adv. With a dab, or sudden contact. n. 1 A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow. 2 (context AAVE English) A soft, playful box#Etymology 3 given in greeting or approval. 3 A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance. 4 (context chiefly in the plural dated British English) fingerprint. 5 A small amount of http://en.wikipedi

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  2. 1 (context transitive English) To press lightly in a repetitive motion with a soft object without rubbing. 2 (context transitive English) To apply a substance in this way. 3 To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust. 4 To apply http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/hash%20oil to a heated surface for the purpose of efficient combustion. File:Dabbing.JPG Etymology 2

    n. One skilful or proficient; an expert; an adept. Etymology 3

    n. 1 A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially (taxlink Limanda limanda species noshow=1); a flounder. 2 (context US English) A sand dab, a small flatfish of genus (taxlink Citharichthys genus noshow=1).

WordNet
dab
  1. v. apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with paint" [syn: swab, swob]

  2. hit lightly; "pat him on the shoulder" [syn: pat]

  3. [also: dabbing, dabbed]

dab
  1. n. 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]

  3. [also: dabbing, dabbed]

Wikipedia
Dąb (disambiguation)

Dąb is a district of Katowice in southern Poland.

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DAB

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Dab (dance)

The Dab is a dance in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing. As a Sports Illustrated article about the phenomenon described the Dab, “The dance is pretty simple; one leans in to their elbow like they’re sneezing."

Usage examples of "dab".

While I was examining this, I began to sense the presence once more, and this time as it grew I became aware of a smell, a sweet perfume akin to Atar of Roses - a scented water my own Mina would often dab at her swan-pale neck.

Julia relaxed slowly as Azar dabbed the perspiration from her forehead and murmured to her, touching her face tenderly.

Ever since the first dab of living substance was brewed up in the amino-acid-tainted soups of azoic oceans on our primordial Earth, and the first simple prototypes of the double-helix DNA molecules of heredity appeared, biological forms have been becoming more complex--learning, acquiring more know-how.

The barbie unscrewed the top of it and used her middle finger to smear dabs of brown onto her breasts, making stylized nipples.

She was lying on the couch dabbing calamine lotion on her legs and reading college catalogs.

But her son had been a man for a long time now, and those days of dabbing mosquito bites with calamine lotion and healing hurts with kisses were gone forever.

She handed him a sandwich, but then she dabbed a little mustard on one nipple and coyly asked if he wanted to taste it.

The dab of cyanoacrylate glue that spat from her tail stuck to the chassis of the van and hardened instantaneously.

A fit of wet, violent coughing derailed his explanation, and he dabbed at his sweaty brow with a well-worn handkerchief.

While Bulen gave his boots a much-needed blacking, Lan washed himself from head to toe at the washstand rather than waiting for a bathtub to be brought, and dabbed an ointment that Anya sent Esne for onto his welts, but he let the women dress him.

And smack dab in the middle of it was the wildest fae on any human continent, and by far the most dangerous.

The catch included also ling, sole, whiting, dab, gurnet, oysters, crabs, whelks, cat-fish, star-fish, and a large amount of ocean scrapings.

The sky was bright, dabs of white cloud pushed and buffeted across the blue expanse by a gusty, chill wind.

When he finished, Avallach dropped the tumbler back onto the tray, and Lile dabbed his chin with the cloth as one would a forgetful child.

The waiter offered us a tray with dabs of Liptauer cheese on small shapes of toast.