- 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 .
- 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."