transitive verb present participle dabbing past tense, past participle dabbed
- to dab something
withsomethingshe dabbed the child's eyes with her handkerchiefle secó los ojos al niño con el pañuelodab the stain with a damp clothfrote suavemente la mancha con un trapo húmedoto dab something onsomethingdab a bit of glue on itponle una gotita de pegamentodab antiseptic on the cutdese unos toques de antiséptico en la heridadab the stain off with a wet spongequite la mancha dándole ligeros toques con una esponja mojadaExample sentences
- The sample - usually blood or cells from inside the cheek - is dabbed on to a stain card and returned to the lab in a tamperproof bag.
- To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a good scent dabbed on a cotton ball into an inconspicuous comer.
- They were black specks in the distance, nothing more than what looked to be dots of blotched ink dabbed on to the bright, clear blue sky.
intransitive verb present participle dabbing past tense, past participle dabbed
- 1 1.1 (small amount)(of cream, paint) toque (masculine)a dab of mustardun poquito de mostazaExample sentences
Example sentences1.2 (pat)he gave his tie a dab with a damp cloth
- Working in random, one-inch sections, take a dab of pliable pomade, and coat and twist hair as you go.
- Not only does a dab of toner refresh the skin, it helps to remove any cleanser that hasn't been properly removed.
- Well, I don't use make up daily, just kohl to line my eyes, and a dab of lipstick.
se frotó un poco la corbata con un trapo húmedo
- Writing between dabs on the forehead with a wet washcloth, she speaks of an ‘inchoate longing’ to visit paradise.
- With every stroke and dab and curve of the brush she was losing a little bit of herself.
- Because Impressionist painters had to work quickly, oil paint was usually put on the canvas in small dabs or short strokes, often with little color mixing.
- 2also: dabs plural(fingerprints) (British) [slang]Example sentences
- Campaigners are concerned that thousands of schools have used their money to buy fingerprint scanners to get kids' dabs at registration, at the library counter, and at the canteen checkout.
- The dabs are used to identify pupils in computerised class registers or library systems.
- I would presume that if they found my dabs at the scene of a crime they could match them with the details they acquired at immigration.
- (fish)Example sentences
- Even though this rig is especially good for gurnards, it also proves superbly successful for dabs, plaice, megrim, even small turbot and brill, also haddock, cod and whiting.
- The most common are dragonets, topknots, dabs, plaice and, if you're lucky, the occasional anglerfish and thornback ray.
- These are always the prime spots for bass, dabs and plaice.
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