dab

1 [dab]
verb (used with object), dabbed, dabbing.
1.
to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist: The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief.
2.
to apply (a substance) by light strokes: He dabbed the ointment on the rash.
3.
to strike, especially lightly, as with the hand.
4.
Masonry. to dress (stonework) with a pointed tool.
5.
Western U.S. to throw (a rope or line) in an effort to lasso or catch something: Joe dabbed his rope on the steer.
verb (used without object), dabbed, dabbing.
6.
to strike lightly; make a dab; pat: She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
noun
7.
a quick or light blow; a pat, as with the hand or something soft.
8.
a small moist lump or mass: a dab of butter.
9.
a small quantity: a dab of powder.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English dabben; compare Norwegian dabbe shuffle along, walk slowly, German Tappe pat, tappen to feel along, grope


8. pat, bit; dollop, smidgen.
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dab

2 [dab]
noun
any of several flatfishes of the genus Limanda, especially the European flatfish, L. limanda.

Origin:
1570–80; perhaps special use of dab1

dab

3 [dab] Slang.
noun
1.
Also called dab hand. a person skilled in something; an expert.
2.
an excellent or extraordinary person or thing.
adjective
3.
expert; excellent; extraordinary.

Origin:
1685–95; of uncertain origin

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dab1 (dæb)
 
vb , dabs, dabbing, 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.  chiefly (Brit) (often plural) a slang word for fingerprint
 
[C14: of imitative origin]

dab2 (dæb)
 
n
1.  a small common European brown flatfish, Limanda limanda, covered with rough toothed scales: family Pleuronectidae: a food fish
2.  (often plural) Compare sand dab any of various other small flatfish, esp flounders
3.  Also called: patiki a sand flounder, Rhombosolea plebia, common around New Zealand's South Island
 
[C15: from Anglo-French dabbe, of uncertain origin]

dab3 (dæb)
 
n
informal (Brit) See dab hand
 
[C17: perhaps from dab1 (vb)]

DAB
 
abbreviation for
digital audio broadcasting

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dab
c.1300, "heavy blow with a weapon," from dabben "to strike," perhaps imitative. Modern sense of "strike with a slight, quick pressure" developed by 1590s, infl. by Fr. dauber (see daub). Dab hand is British slang, 1828, from dab "expert" (1691), said to be school slang, of unknown origin.
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dab

any of the flatfishes of the genus Limanda, family Pleuronectidae, found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Dabs are right-eyed flatfish-i.e., the eyes are usually on the right side of the head. The dab of European waters is L. limanda, an abundant and valuable food fish. It is small, usually under 25 cm (10 inches) long, and light brown, with or without dark spots.

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