a person or thing that dabs.
a cushionlike article used for applying ink, as by printers and engravers.
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How to use dabber in a sentence
To equalize the ground a dabber was used, which was made of cotton-wool under horsehair, the whole inclosed in silk.
Then try it by bringing down the dabber upon a clean sheet of paper with a smart blow.Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do | Anonymous
Some engravers prefer the dabber to the roller even for regrounding entire plates.
But if you desire to do your own proving, you will have to use a dabber, the manner of making which is described in the next note.
The chafing-dish and the ball (or dabber) are now replaced by the gas flame and the inking-roller in most printing establishments.
British Dictionary definitions for dabber
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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