Definitions of dab

  1. a light touch or stroke
  2. a small quantity of something moist or soft; " a dab of paint"; " a splatter of mud"
  3. hit lightly; " pat him on the shoulder"
  4. apply ( usually a liquid) to a surface; " dab the wall with paint"
  5. A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert.
  6. A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.
  7. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
  8. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck.
  9. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
  10. To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog.
  11. To strike or touch lightly; to smear; as, to dab paint on a canvas.
  12. A small soft lump; a gentle blow; a quick, sharp stroke; the flounder, a salt water fish.
  13. Dabbed.
  14. Dabbing.
  15. To strike gently with something soft or moist:- pr. p. dabbing; pa. p. dabbed.
  16. A gentle blow: a small lump of anything soft or moist: a small flat fish like a flounder, but with a rough back.
  17. An expert person.
  18. A light blow with the hand or something soft; lump of soft substance.
  19. To strike lightly with the hand or with something soft.
  20. To strike softly; pat.
  21. Dabber.
  22. A gentle blow; pat.
  23. A small lump of soft substance, as butter.
  24. A skilful person; adept. Dabster.
  25. The refuse foots of sugar.
  26. A gentle blow; a small lump or mass of anything soft or moist; a small flat fish allied to the flounder.
  27. One expert at anything.
  28. To strike gently with some soft or moist substance.
  29. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
  30. To strike gently.
  31. A gentle blow; a small lump of anything soft and moist; something moist thrown on a person; a small fish.

Usage examples for dab

  1. Never mind- a little dab of black sealing- wax when the time came- when it was absolutely necessary... – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  2. " Hilda will go straight to bed, poor girl; and Ramsey will sit beside her and dab cologne on her forehead, and after a while he'll coax her to eat a cracker and drink some tea, and he'll have his dinner right there beside her. – An American Suffragette by Isaac N. Stevens
  3. They carry mine to a stout red- faced lady with grey hair and a large apron, the latter convenience somehow suggesting, as she stood about with a resolute air, that she viewed her little pupils as so many small slices cut from the loaf of life and on which she was to dab the butter of arithmetic and spelling, accompanied by way of jam with a light application of the practice of prize- giving. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  4. I had a little dab of it in the Black Hawk trouble. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  5. Al heaped up the glasses, adding an appreciative extra dab with the magnanimity of the victor, and said: Say, you boys want to rub up a little. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  6. Well, a damp dab of mud like this confounded island seems the last place where one would think of fires. – The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  7. She laughed her breathless laugh till she had to dab at her eyes. – The Last Straw by William J. Smith
  8. She forgot the Bishop- or rather he seemed at that distance such a little thing, such a little bit of a thing, a tiny little black figure with a dab of white on its top, compared to this vision of splendid earth and heaven, that she wilfully would not remember him. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  9. " We'll come into the kitchen, Dab- Dab," said the Doctor. – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  10. Mr. Longdon thought a moment, giving a dab with his pocket- handkerchief. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  11. In the morning he would lurch out of bed, put on a soiled shirt and trousers, dab his face with a decrepit sponge, take a tiny piece of soap from an old tin box, look at it, rub it on his fingers and put it hurriedly away again as though he were ashamed of it. – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  12. Lesbia's voice rose to crescendo at the spectacle of the delinquent, her sleeves soaked in ink, trying to dab up the mess with a morsel of blotting- paper and a pink- edged pocket handkerchief. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  13. I knew Aunt Tommy wanted to fix her hair and dab rose- water on her eyes, so I trotted meekly down and told Dick. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. And she told me she'd cooked every dab of it herself. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  15. Thick bread- and- butter- all crumby and dab, as if the servant would not take the trouble to spread the butter properly. – A Fluttered Dovecote by George Manville Fenn
  16. Just wet your finger with it, and dab it gently on. – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  17. No use you gwine dab, sah. – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister
  18. It is only the dab and the common plaice that are content to lie ever on the bottom, and they are but one- sided fish. – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould
  19. No wonder he's such a dab at science. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  20. I wonder if you've got a nice little dab for my dinner to- day? – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson