Today's Word of the Day means...
A small piece of absorbent material attached to the end of a stick or wire and used for cleansing or applying medicine.
A specimen of mucus or other material removed with a swab.
A sailor, esp a Navy seaman: better fitting dress uniforms for the hard-to-fit doughboy or swabbie
[1798+; probably fr the characteristic activity of using swabs for cleaning the decks and other features of a ship]
/swob/ The PDP-11 swap byte instruction mnemonic, as immortalised in the dd option "conv=swab".
1. To solve the NUXI problem by swapping bytes in a file.
2. The program in V7 Unix used to perform this action, or anything functionally equivalent to it.
See also big-endian, little-endian, middle-endian, bytesexual.