dabbing dabbing  /ˈdæ bɪŋ/


  1. (n) a light touch or stroke
  2. (n) a small quantity of something moist or liquid
  3. (v) apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
  4. (v) hit lightly



  1. Down the hall, students are dabbing acrylic paints on canvas to create vivid still lifes la Vincent van Gogh.
  2. The photographers phlegmatically took pictures of the prettiest and blondest dabbing daintily at her eyes with a handkerchief.
  3. It appeared that Ava had tried to tend to her mother, dabbing her face with a washcloth.


  • Obama’s anti-pollution plan will have an impact on Utahns

    President Barack Obama outlined plans Tuesday to slow the pollution blamed for climate change — plans bound to have an impact on Utahns in their homes and on their jobs right away and in communities and wildlands of the rapidly warming Southwest in the decades to come. Speaking at Georgetown University and dabbing sweat from his brow, Obama took aim at critics who contend that cutting greenhouse ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune


  1. "It was crazy out there," said Minnaar. "I was just all over the place, dabbing and trying to stay on the bike. It really was tough."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Greg Minnaar Source: BikeRadar.com

  2. For example, Andrews writes: "Our 'nursing' seldom involved more than dabbing gentian violet on ringworm, aquaflavine emulsion on cuts and scratches, lead lotion on bruises and sprains."
    on Nov 28, 2006 By: Lucilla Andrews Source: TIME

  3. "He is disgusting. Revolting. It's not an act. The man is foul," Brigitte told the Daily Star. "He's always picking his nose, so he turned up on the programme with great big scabby cold sores under each nostril. He kept dabbing at them with a...
    on Aug 2, 2008 By: Brigitte Nielsen Source: Digital Spy

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