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  • v. Present participle of dab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In stone-working, the process of covering the surface of a stone, after it has been made uniform, with small indentations, by means of a pick-shaped tool, or a hammer indented so as to form a series of points. Also called daubing and picking.
  • n. See the extract.


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  • These hatch out by degrees, so that renewed soaking and "dabbing" with the acid and a soft cloth are required.

    Papers on Health

  • It was two o'clock when I woke, and, arter a couple o 'pork-pies and a pint or two, I sat on a seat in the Park smoking, while she kep' dabbing 'er eyes agin and asking me to come' ome.

    Deep Waters, the Entire Collection

  • The closest thing to a regular community gathering is the weekly bingo game, where elderly neighbors assemble every Friday night in the school auditorium, silently dabbing rows of cards in hopes of taking home the $500 grand prize.

    American Grace

  • He squirmed and struggled, dabbing at the air with the injured as well as the uninjured forepaw and increasing his pain.


  • Eve gently blends the concealer into the foundation using the damp sponge in a dabbing motion.

    Eve Pearl: Women of Color: Before and After

  • I smiled, dabbing my eyes with the sleeve of my jacket.

    Blonde, Black and Blood Red

  • When boiling and completely melted, apply the jelly to the tart by dabbing and flicking it onto the fruit with a pastry brush; add 1 teaspoon water and return the jelly to a boil if it becomes too thick to drizzle.

    Small Kitchen College: Sweet Dreamin': A Fruit Tart Fit for Valentine's Day

  • There's just a faint flicker of the former mischief when she says, "Fancy you living in Staines" while dabbing furtively at the lady's cardigan.

    Dick Whittington - review

  • Mr. Soper took out his handkerchief and came to me, dabbing at my cheeks with awkward movements.


  • Mom did an imitation of a sad and weepy woman, dabbing at her eyes.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery


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