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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Dab \Dab\, n. [Perh. so named from its quickness in diving
     beneath the sand. Cf. {Dabchick}.] (Zool.)
     A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the
     European species, {Pleuronectes limanda}. The American rough
     dab is {Hippoglossoides platessoides}.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Dab \Dab\ (d[a^]b), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dabbed} (d[a^]bd); p.
     pr. & vb. n. {Dabbing}.] [OE. dabben to strice; akin to OD.
     dabben to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble, and perh. to G.
     tappen to grope.]
     1. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist
        substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
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              A sore should . . . be wiped . . . only by dabbing
              it over with fine lint.               --S. Sharp.
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     2. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or
        thrust. "To dab him in the neck." --Sir T. More.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Dab \Dab\, n.
     1. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a
        sudden blow or hit; a peck.
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              A scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak.
                                                    --Hawthorne.
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     2. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Dab \Dab\ (d[a^]b), n. [Perh. corrupted fr. adept.]
     A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert. [Colloq.]
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           One excels at a plan or the titlepage, another works
           away at the body of the book, and the third is a dab at
           an index.                                --Goldsmith.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

  dab
       n 1: a light touch or stroke [syn: {tap}, {pat}]
       2: a small quantity of something moist or soft; "a dab of
          paint"; "a splatter of mud" [syn: {splash}, {splatter}]
       v 1: apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with
            paint" [syn: {swab}, {swob}]
       2: hit lightly; "pat him on the shoulder" [syn: {pat}]
       [also: {dabbing}, {dabbed}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  192 Moby Thesaurus words for "dab":
     ace, adept, apply paint, atom, authority, beak, bedaub, bedizen,
     begild, besmear, bit, bloodstain, blot, blotch, blur, brand, brush,
     brush on paint, bunt, butter, calcimine, chuck, coat, color,
     complexion, cover, dabster, dash, daub, deep-dye, dip, distemper,
     dole, dollop, dot, double-dye, drag, dram, dress, dribble, driblet,
     drop, dub, dwarf, dye, emblazon, enamel, engild, equalize, even,
     eyesore, face, farthing, fast-dye, fillip, flatten, fleck, flick,
     flip, flirt, flyspeck, fragment, fresco, gild, glaze, gloss,
     gobbet, grade, grain, granule, graze, grease, groat, hair, handful,
     harrow, hint, hue, illuminate, imbue, ingrain, iota, japan, jot,
     lacquer, lay, lay on, lay on color, level, little, little bit,
     lubricate, macula, maculation, macule, mark, master, minim,
     minimum, minutiae, mite, modicum, molecule, mote, mow, nutshell,
     oil, ounce, paint, parget, particle, pat, patch, pebble, peck,
     pick, pigment, pinch, pittance, plane, planish, plaster, point,
     poke, prime, professional, proficient, rap, scruple, shade, shadow,
     shave, shellac, slap on, slather, slop on paint, smarm, smear,
     smear on, smidgen, smidgin, smirch, smitch, smooth, smooth down,
     smooth out, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch, snap, spatter, speck,
     speckle, splash, splatter, splotch, spoonful, spot, spread on,
     spread with, stain, stigma, stipple, suggestion, taint, tamp, tap,
     tar, tarnish, thimbleful, tickle, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint,
     tiny bit, tip, tittle, tone, touch, trace, trifling amount, trivia,
     undercoat, varnish, wash, whisk, whit, whitewash, whiz, wizard
  
  

From Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002) [vera]:

  DAB
       Digital Audio Broadcasting
       
       

















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