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And I usually use myself as a model, posing in front of a mirror as I dab the strokes on the canvas.
Cleo Moore

Meaning of "dab" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DAB

Of imitative origin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DAB

dab  [dæb] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DAB

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Dab is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb dab in English.

WHAT DOES DAB MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of dab in the English dictionary

The first definition of dab in the dictionary is to touch lightly and quickly. Other definition of dab is to daub with short tapping strokes. Dab is also to apply with short tapping strokes.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DAB

PRESENT

Present
I dab
you dab
he/she/it dabs
we dab
you dab
they dab
Present continuous
I am dabbing
you are dabbing
he/she/it is dabbing
we are dabbing
you are dabbing
they are dabbing
Present perfect
I have dabbed
you have dabbed
he/she/it has dabbed
we have dabbed
you have dabbed
they have dabbed
Present perfect continuous
I have been dabbing
you have been dabbing
he/she/it has been dabbing
we have been dabbing
you have been dabbing
they have been dabbing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I dabbed
you dabbed
he/she/it dabbed
we dabbed
you dabbed
they dabbed
Past continuous
I was dabbing
you were dabbing
he/she/it was dabbing
we were dabbing
you were dabbing
they were dabbing
Past perfect
I had dabbed
you had dabbed
he/she/it had dabbed
we had dabbed
you had dabbed
they had dabbed
Past perfect continuous
I had been dabbing
you had been dabbing
he/she/it had been dabbing
we had been dabbing
you had been dabbing
they had been dabbing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will dab
you will dab
he/she/it will dab
we will dab
you will dab
they will dab
Future continuous
I will be dabbing
you will be dabbing
he/she/it will be dabbing
we will be dabbing
you will be dabbing
they will be dabbing
Future perfect
I will have dabbed
you will have dabbed
he/she/it will have dabbed
we will have dabbed
you will have dabbed
they will have dabbed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been dabbing
you will have been dabbing
he/she/it will have been dabbing
we will have been dabbing
you will have been dabbing
they will have been dabbing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would dab
you would dab
he/she/it would dab
we would dab
you would dab
they would dab
Conditional continuous
I would be dabbing
you would be dabbing
he/she/it would be dabbing
we would be dabbing
you would be dabbing
they would be dabbing
Conditional perfect
I would have dab
you would have dab
he/she/it would have dab
we would have dab
you would have dab
they would have dab
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been dabbing
you would have been dabbing
he/she/it would have been dabbing
we would have been dabbing
you would have been dabbing
they would have been dabbing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you dab
we let´s dab
you dab
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to dab
Past participle
dabbed
Present Participle
dabbing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DAB

da capo
Da Gama
Da Nang
Da Ponte
da Vinci
Da Yunhe
daal
dab hand
dabba
dabbed
dabber
dabbing
dabbity
dabble
dabbler
dabbling
dabchick
dabster
Dacca
dace

WORDS THAT END LIKE DAB

Arab
Bab
cab
crab
fab
gab
grab
hijab
jab
jilbab
kab
kebab
lab
nab
Punjab
rehab
sab
slab
stab
tab

Synonyms and antonyms of dab in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DAB»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «dab» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of dab
apply · bedaub · bit · blot · dash · daub · dollop · dribble · drop · fleck · flick · hint · lick · little · modicum · mop · particle · pat · press · smear · smudge · speck · splash · spot · spread · sprinkle · stipple · stroke · suggestion · swab · tad · tap · taste · touch · trace · trickle · wipe

Translation of «dab» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
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TRANSLATION OF DAB

Find out the translation of dab to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dab from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dab» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

轻擦
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

dar ligeros toques
570 millions of speakers

English

dab
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

थपका
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الداب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

тыкать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

tocar levemente
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লেপন করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tamponner
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Dab
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

betupfen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

軽くたたく
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

가볍게 문지르다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Dab
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thoa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

DAB
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

थाप
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kurulamak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

tamponare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dab
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

тикати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

DAB
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κτύπημα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

DAB
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dab
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dab
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dab

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DAB»

The term «dab» is very widely used and occupies the 9.619 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DAB» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dab

EXAMPLES

QUOTES WITH «DAB»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dab.
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Cleo Moore
And I usually use myself as a model, posing in front of a mirror as I dab the strokes on the canvas.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DAB»

Discover the use of dab in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dab and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Digital Audio Broadcasting: Principles and Applications of ...
This book offers a comprehensive and fully updated overview of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB, DAB+) and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB), and related services and applications.
Wolfgang Hoeg, Thomas Lauterbach, 2009
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The Dab
The author wrote this book to give us "some sort of an insight into the mindset that war tends to put you into.
Elisha Burge, 2012
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DAB Digital Radio: Licensed To Fail:
Goddard offers a blow-by-blow chronicle of the efforts to implement DAB as a replacement for FM and AM radio in Britain, from the deliberations of the Digital Radio Working Group in 2008 to the legislation of the Digital Economy Act during ...
Grant Goddard, 2010
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Digital Video and Audio Broadcasting Technology: A Practical ...
Although DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) was introduced back in the early days of the nineties, well before DVB, it is still relatively unknown to the public in many countries and it is only in a few countries such as, e.g. the UK that some ...
Walter Fischer, 2010
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Shapes: With Dib, Dab, and Dob
Three fuzzy ducks introduce the geometric shapes of familiar objects.
DK Publishing, Inc, 1998
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Preparing Students for Standardized Testing, Grade 6
A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c D A B c ...
Janet P. Sitter, Ph.D., 2009
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Reprogramming the Brain
Aage R. Moller. Table 1. Neurogenesis in response to brain injury Author Injury Region Proliferation Marker Survival 4 Markera Liu (1998) 2V.O DG T DAI 1 BrdU /PCNA DAB 28 NeuN 60% Tuyuren (2004) MCAO DG T DAI 7 BrdU DAB 18 ...
Aage R. Moller, 2006
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Dab Kinzer
Between the village and the inlet and half a mile from the great "bay" lay the Kinzer farm. Beyond the bay was a sandbar and beyond that the Atlantic Ocean; for all this was on the southerly shore of Long Island.
William O. Stoddard, 2008
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Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong ...
Spirits Spirits (dab) are divided into two main types: wild spirits (dab qus) and tame spirits (dab nyeg). Wild spirits include spirits of animate beings and inanimate objects in nature, such as rivers, trees, rocks, mountains, and river valleys.
Kathie Culhane-Pera, 2003
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Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery
Figure 7.6 Cationic polyethyleneimine-based diaminobutane (DAB) generation ( G) 0–3 dendrimers. DAB G3 Diaminobutane (DAB) and diaminoethane (DAE) are the two most commonly used PEI-based dendrimer cores (Figure 7.6). Cationic ...
Melgardt M. de Villiers, Pornanong Aramwit, Glen S. Kwon, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DAB»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dab is used in the context of the following news items.
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Ashes 2015: England v Australia – first Test, day one – live!
A better attempted yorker, swung in at the stumps, then needs to be dug out well by Root. A dab on the offside for two by Root brings the only ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
With friends like these, does the DAB even need a fundraising?
Starry Lee (center) cuts the DAB birthday cake flanked by Leung Chun-ying (to her right) and Zhang Xiaoming, along with other high-powered ... «EJ Insight, Jul 15»
3
Pulse goes digital with DAB licence
... really enjoying being on the morning radio.” Pulse will continue to broadcast on 98.4FM and on DAB radio when it is rolled out later this year. «Barrhead News, Jul 15»
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DAB leader Starry Lee Wai-king says Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp …
Leung made no mention of the failed reform package but praised the DAB and its close ties with the government. "I hope it will continue to ... «South China Morning Post, Jul 15»
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DAB lawmaker under fire over remarks on kindergarten operators
Christopher Chung Shu-kun, a lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said on Monday ... «EJ Insight, Jul 15»
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Sweden's Deferral of FM-to-DAB Transition Called 'Short-Sighted …
STOCKHOLM—News that the Swedish government is postponing the date at which they'll decide on the ultimate fate of FM radio there is being ... «Radio magazine, Jul 15»
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Video: Gary Neville proves he's a dab hand at the guitar playing live …
Multiple trophy winner with Manchester United, one of the best right-backs the Premier League has ever seen, England coach and probably the best pundit in ... «JOE, Jul 15»
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Cut-rate contractors have led to dirtier Hong Kong streets, DAB says …
"Though the number is lower this year, we believe the real situation is more serious than we expected," DAB lawmaker Steven Ho Chun-yin ... «South China Morning Post, Jul 15»
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Clarifying Singapore's arbitration law and enforcing FIDIC dispute …
The decision is also significant as it confirms that a dispute adjudication or avoidance board (DAB) decision made under the 1999 FIDIC Red ... «Lexology, Jul 15»
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BBC's National DAB Attains 96% Coverage of the UK
LONDON—The BBC has confirmed that another group of new transmitters has been turned up, and that nationwide coverage of the DAB ... «Radio magazine, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Dab [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/dab>. Jul 2019 ».
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