Definitions of Dabbling

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Usage examples for Dabbling

  1. I tell you straight, Ned: I never was so uncertain about the outcome of one of my inventions since I began dabbling with motive- power. – Tom Swift and his Electric Locomotive or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails by Victor Appleton
  2. So he trudged merrily over the first mile or so; not an obstacle to his measured pace on the hard, level pavement; not a creature to be seen since he had left the little gathering of bare- legged urchins dabbling in the sea- pools near Monkshaven. – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  3. Austin, whose mental grip was getting a trifle slack latterly, appears to have been led rather too much by Shafton Coulson in the stock operations he was fond of dabbling in, and I fancy it was by the latter's advice he made the purchase. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  4. She " made a little mouth" and went on dabbling with her brushes. – The Guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington
  5. As she stood dabbling her bathing- dress in a pool, Siegmund came over the beach to her. – The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence
  6. When he left, I was as lonesome as a retired pork packer dabbling in the fine arts. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  7. We have had quite enough dabbling in crime, and we are both sick of it." – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  8. He incidentally mentioned Octavius Quirk's name; whereupon his hostess, who was a sharp and a shrewd woman when she was not dabbling in literature, instantly and graciously explained to him that she had been corresponding a good deal with Octavius Quirk of late, over her new work. – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  9. We mean simply that his moral plummet does not sink at all, and that when he pretends to drop it he is simply dabbling in the relatively very shallow pool of the picturesque. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  10. The natives, being too polite to tell her to stop dabbling in the water, preferred to keep close watch themselves and be ready to strike with their oars if a shark should rise. – The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
  11. Presently a little boy in a blue blouse, and a little girl with a tight round white cap, came up to the stone basin, each with a pitcher to fill; they were a long time about it, for what would be pleasanter, on this hot summer morning, than to stand dabbling one's fingers in the cool water? – My Little Lady by Eleanor Frances Poynter
  12. The Russian papers have accused him of dabbling in stock exchange speculations, and if disposed for such business, his position must have given him some excellent opportunities of making highly profitable bargains. – Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions by Slason Thompson
  13. Did we send a personage of age and rank to Holland it might be suspected that he had a special mission from us, and our envoy might complain that we were treating behind his back; but a young officer like this could come and go without attracting observation, and without even Philip's spies suspecting that he was dabbling in affairs of state." – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  14. Katharine had never heard of a " corkis;" but, by way of dabbling in politics through loiterings at the village store, the boy had acquired some technical terms, and insisted that this was what best befitted their case. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  15. We chose the one farthest away, and were rowed down to it, dabbling our hands in the water, and saying over and over again, " It is the Rhine!" – An American Girl Abroad by Adeline Trafton
  16. She had a strange feeling, as she said this, of dabbling in immortality- of tampering with the grave. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  17. Having made this wholesome agreement, we went cheerfully to work, and showed our negroes how to work for us; and working up the stream on both sides, and in the bottom of the river, we spent about three weeks' time dabbling in the water; by which time, as it lay all in our way, we had gone about six miles, and not more; and still the higher we went, the more gold we found; till at last, having passed by the side of a hill, we perceived on a sudden that the gold stopped, and that there was not a bit taken up beyond that place. – The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe
  18. Began dabbling in real estate. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  19. Francis' strong prison house would effectively curb any more interference with, or dabbling in, the affairs of the master of the Vulture's Nest. – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  20. Shall it be a mere dabbling with forms that are seen in mechanics or architecture, with no serious logical sequence? – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith