from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold” ( Katherine Mansfield).
- intransitive v. To splash liquid gently and playfully.
- intransitive v. To undertake something superficially or without serious intent: "The restaurant business entails more than . . . dabbling in interior design” ( Andy Birsh).
- intransitive v. To bob forward and under in shallow water so as to feed off the bottom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To partially wet (something) by splashing or dipping; connotes playfulness.
- v. To participate or have an interest in, but not so seriously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet.
- intransitive v. To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water.
- intransitive v. To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dip a little and often; hence, to wet; moisten; spatter; sprinkle.
- To play in water, as with the hands; splash or play, as in water.
- To do anything in a slight or superficial manner; touch or try here and there; dip into anything: with in: as, to dabble in railway shares; to dabble in literature.
- To tamper; meddle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. work with in an amateurish manner
- v. bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water
- v. dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
- v. play in or as if in water, as of small children
The previous Transporter films have had Martin dabble with romance before (once with Asian actress Shu Qi and a brief flirtation in the last film with Amber Valetta).
Perhaps she needed to "dabble" a bit in order to find her way, and ultimately, her choice of faith needs to be respected.
Perhaps the question should be: Does the word "dabble" bother you when referencing part of your spiritual quest, even if it was only short-lived?
Perhaps she needed to "dabble" a bit in order to find her way.
For the record, I don't exactly dare to "dabble" in the coloured nail polish section.
COLEMAN: Yeah, English and Spanish fluently, and I kind of dabble in a couple of other languages.
Many of the insanities start in this fashion; and all such practices, instead of being encouraged, should be discouraged; and all experienced and intelligent students of psychical research warn those who "dabble" in the subject against the repeated and promiscuous indulgence in such practices -- because of the dangerous, even disastrous, effects upon the mind, in many instances.
• You truly comprehend the ins and outs of jQuery and don't just "dabble" in it.
They also sell the occasional classic car, although the auto sales part of the business is "something we kind of dabble in,"
You truly comprehend the ins and outs of jQuery and don't just "dabble" in it.