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  • n  implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion
  • n  cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors
  • v  wash with a swab or a mop
    swab the ship's decks
  • v  apply (usually a liquid) to a surface

  • I'm referring of course, to the cotton-swab industry, an industry that pumps millions into the American economy, and if my journalistic .
  • He addressed old beliefs with 21st century X-ray diffraction and fluorescence tests to reveal structure and composition, swab checks for organic material (like blood), and other .
  • To kill the trench mouth spirochete, doctors usually swab their patients' swollen gums with hydrogen peroxide, silver salts or arsphenamine, prescribe mouthwashes of sodium .
News & Articles


  • Harry Lee in Forbes
    He went along with it, let us take a swab,Lee said. "He was no trouble at all."
  • John Finn in Los Angeles Times
    I can't believe this,Finn told the more than 500 people who gathered last year at a local diner to celebrate his birthday. "All I ever was was an old swab jockey.......... What I did I was being paid for."
  • Donovan in ESPN
    I felt something when I got into Miami on Sunday,Donovan told SI.com. "I just felt real bad and finally went to see the doctor. They took a swab from my nose and confirmed it, so that was that."

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