American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cushioned pad used by printers and engravers to apply ink.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which dabs. Specifically— In printing, same as
- n. In stereotyping, a hard hair brush used in the papier-maché process for dabbing the back of the damp paper, and so driving it into the interstices of the type.
- n. A camel-hair brush used for cleaning picture-frames and for various purposes in photography.
- To confound or stupefy by rapid talking.
- To jar; wrangle.
- n. a thing or person that dabs.
- n. a cushioned pad used for applying ink.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That with which one dabs; hence, a pad or other device used by printers, engravers, etc., as for dabbing type or engraved plates with ink.
“I think -- see, I put it there, because we have a dabber, so you can dab and dab and dab.”
“* According to Marie-Lisehen using the dabber, you might add your own skin cells and bacteria to the juice which can cause spoilage.”
“She explained in much detail how to use the Butterfly Bottle – or any flacon with a dabber for the matter – without spoiling the juice:”
“I didn't really like them because the dabber didn't work very well on them.”
“They take the bingo dabber and make dots in the air to accentuate the movements.”
“I was supposed to be the bingo dabber person but I was unprepared in the blouse and skirt area so they subbed me as a fighter.”
“The third person was to dress up nicely, blouse and skirt/shirt and pants and follow the fighters with a bingo dabber.”
“Eventually I grabbed the bingo dabber out of his hand and dove at the other fighter, covering him with blue paint.”
“A blessing, but in its place he brought another kind of haunting: Halle's face smeared with butter and the dabber too; his own mouth jammed full of iron, and Lord knows what else he could tell her if he wanted to.”
“In a coloring process in use there Forster, or Foster, noticed a peculiar composition that covered the surface of the potter's "dabber.”
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