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[dab] /dæb/
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
1250-1300; Middle English dabben; compare Norwegian dabbe shuffle along, walk slowly, German Tappe pat, tappen to feel along, grope
Synonyms
8. pat, bit; dollop, smidgen.
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British Dictionary definitions for dabbing

dab1

/dæb/
verb dabs, dabbing, dabbed
1.
to touch lightly and quickly
2.
(transitive) to daub with short tapping strokes: to dab the wall with paint
3.
(transitive) to apply (paint, cream, etc) with short tapping strokes
noun
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.
(often pl) (mainly Brit) a slang word for fingerprint
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin

dab2

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

dab3

/dæb/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) See dab hand
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from dab1 (vb)

DAB

abbreviation
1.
digital audio broadcasting
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Word Origin and History for dabbing

dab

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dabbing

DA

noun
  1. District Attorney (1920s+)
  2. A ducktail haircut (1951+)

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Related Abbreviations for dabbing

DAB

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Encyclopedia Article for dabbing

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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