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. [1913 Webster]

A sore should . . . be wiped . . . only by dabbing it over with fine lint. --S. Sharp. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust. ``To dab him in the neck.'' --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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