- a person or thing that dabs.
- a cushionlike article used for applying ink, as by printers and engravers.
Origin of dabber
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Examples from the Web for dabber
This forms a dabber, and should have something to hold it by.Paper and Printing Recipes
J. Sawtelle Ford
When it is not available the dabber must be employed in the old manner.
The dabber not only equalizes the distribution of the varnish, but also removes what is superfluous.
A sheet of damp paper was laid on it and the back of the paper was carefully rubbed with a dabber or burnisher.Books Before Typography
Frederick W. Hamilton
Clay of the desired thickness is then rolled out as described and applied to the mould and dabbed flat with a sponge or dabber.Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers
George J. Cox
- a pad used by printers for applying ink by hand
- a felt-tip pen with a very broad writing point, used especially by bingo players to cancel numbers on their cards
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