Definitions of dab

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