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English noun: dab

1. dab (act) a light touch or stroke

Synonymspat, tap

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

2. dab (quantity) a small quantity of something moist or liquid

SamplesA dab of paint.
A splatter of mud.
Just a splash of whiskey.

Synonymssplash, splatter

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

English verb: dab

1. dab (contact) apply (usually a liquid) to a surface

SamplesDab the wall with paint.

ExamplesThey dab the bread with melted butter

Synonymsswab, swob

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)apply, put on

2. dab (contact) hit lightly

SamplesPat him on the shoulder.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)strike

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