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  • v. Present participle of swab.
  • n. The act of one who swabs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cleaning with a mop


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  • On January 29, 2010 the Company completed a long term swabbing test of zone 7 of 404 hours over 35 days. Aktuelle Nachrichten

  • The swabbing was a buccal swab, a Q-tip swab of the cheek of Dannielynn.

    CNN Transcript Mar 21, 2007

  • DOWNEY: And I think that -- I'm upset, because there should be some kind of swabbing of your mouth or DNA.

    CNN Transcript Aug 9, 2005

  • The floor itself did not leave room for me to lie down -- besides it was often wet by dirty water being spilled upon it, or from the daily "swabbing" it usually received.

    Ran Away to Sea

  • In other words, the system can be run either as a low cost, lower labor alternative to a "swabbing" unit or as a "set it and forget it" alternative to a conventional pumping unit.

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  • Fortunately very little water got inside the file cabinets and four people violently mopping and swabbing got the water cleaned up with no bad damage.

    Bird Cloud

  • The twice-annual swabbing of the high, dust-laden logs in the Centennial house was work that never ended.

    Bird Cloud

  • The veterinarian looked at Puff's ears, first swabbing them with alcohol.


  • I am familiar with cheek swabbing (used by some DNA testing companies) which is a little more dignified as the person doing it, appears to be brushing their teeth not spitting into a container.

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  • Jacobs was superstitious about swabbing himself in the offices.

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