|a. a small piece of cotton, gauze, etc, for use in applying medication, cleansing a wound, or obtaining a specimen of a secretion, etc|
|b. the specimen so obtained|
|2.||a mop for cleaning floors, decks, etc|
|3.||a brush used to clean a firearm's bore|
|4.||slang an uncouth or worthless fellow|
|—vb (foll by up) , swabs, swabbing, swabbed|
|5.||(tr) to clean or medicate with or as if with a swab|
|6.||to take up with a swab|
|[C16: probably from Middle Dutch swabbe mop; related to Norwegian svabba to splash, Dutch zwabberen to mop, German schwappen to slop over]|
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.
swab/swob/ [From the mnemonic for the PDP-11 `SWAp Byte' instruction, as immortalized in the `dd(1)' option `conv=swab' (see dd)]