verb (used with object), dabbed, dab·bing.
verb (used without object), dabbed, dab·bing.
Origin of dab1
Definition for dabs (2 of 3)
Origin of dab2
Definition for dabs (3 of 3)
Origin of dab3
Examples from the Web for dabs
I always employ six dabs, then there is no difficulty at the end of the operation concerning their number.
Rummager on the toilet-table, and dabs at her hair with a brush in the interval.The Story of the Gadsby|Rudyard Kipling
Whilst employed in this way he gives instructions to have the dabs and instruments counted.
How the deuce do three dabs and two scratches make the stuff stand away from the body as it does?The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition|Rudyard Kipling
Rosa (Salvator): dark, inscrutable pictures, relieved by dabs of palette-knife.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama|E. Cobham Brewer