Meaning of dab


Pronunciation: (dab), [key]
— v., n. dabbed, dab•bing,
  1. to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist: The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief.
  2. to apply (a substance) by light strokes: He dabbed the ointment on the rash.
  3. to strike, esp. lightly, as with the hand.
  4. to dress (stonework) with a pointed tool.
  5. to throw (a rope or line) in an effort to lasso or catch something: Joe dabbed his rope on the steer.
  1. to strike lightly; make a dab; pat: She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
  1. a quick or light blow; a pat, as with the hand or something soft.
  2. a small moist lump or mass: a dab of butter.
  3. a small quantity: a dab of powder.


Pronunciation: (dab), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several flatfishes of the genus Limanda, esp. the European flatfish, L. limanda.


Pronunciation: (dab), [key]
— Slang. Slang.
  1. Also calleda person skilled in something; an expert.
  2. an excellent or extraordinary person or thing.
  1. expert; excellent; extraordinary.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Dictionary of American Biography.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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