[ US /ˈdæb/ ]
[ UK /dˈæb/ ]
  1. apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
    dab the wall with paint
  2. hit lightly
    pat him on the shoulder
  1. a small quantity of something moist or liquid
    just a splash of whiskey
    a splatter of mud
    a dab of paint
  2. a light touch or stroke
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How To Use dab In A Sentence

  • Most choose to buy in more affordable villages a little way away. Times, Sunday Times
  • A couple of commendable but slight folk covers albums in the early Nineties lead to assertions of writer's block. The Sun
  • Dab a little wood glue into the hole, insert the dowel, and drive a 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch screw through the back of the wood to secure the dowel.
  • So, she ran round and round the scaffold with the executioner striking at her, and her grey hair bedabbled with blood; and even when they held her down upon the block she moved her head about to the last, resolved to be no party to her own barbarous murder. A Child's History of England
  • The countless mini-roundabouts popping up where there just simply isn't room for a roundabout is another danger, increasing the number of small shunts & bumps.
  • The lower mandible, which is powerful, and is indented at its point to receive the hook, has a very sharp edge, which, with that of the upper mandible, constitutes a pair of formidable shears. Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891
  • The logo has to be big enough to be readable from a distance (10-15 feet, say). Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels and comic books » Would you like to give me some stylistic feedback?
  • The best defensive spell available to a Sorceress is manifest in this formidable armor.
  • Frances was dabbing at her eyes with a paper tissue.
  • The reports of thefe pra&itioners are certainly favourable, in fome degree, to the idea of diluting the variolous contagion; however, many more fa&s are wanting deci - sively to edablifh the fuperiour advantage of this mode of inoculation.. The Analytical Review, Or History of Literature, Domestic and Foreign, on an Enlarged Plan
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