Origin of swab
OTHER WORDS FROM swabun·swabbed, adjective
Other definitions for swab (2 of 2)
How to use swab in a sentence
The throat swab is less invasive, requiring only a quick brush of the back of the tongue.
A woman standing in line for a coronavirus test asks one of the officials if the test—a nose and throat swab—hurts.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency authorizations for more than 150 diagnostic Covid-19 tests, including those that rely on saliva and others that require a swab of deep in the nasal cavity, the front of the nose or the throat.Spit vs. Swab? Scientists say new studies support use of ‘saliva tests’ for COVID|Lee Clifford|September 5, 2020|Fortune
The physician’s orders documented in the facility’s medical record also do not mention the nasal swab test.
The claims also included codes for a nasal swab coronavirus test.
Objects included “speaker wire, an AAA battery, open safety pins, a plastic cup, straws, a marble, and a cotton-tipped swab.”Sounding Takes Off, but Injuries (Fork in the Penis!) Are Inevitable|Kent Sepkowitz|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She submitted to a DNA swab after some discussions between the authorities and her lawyer.Katherine Russell Under Scrutiny After Female DNA Found on Boston Bomb|Michael Daly|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This consists of a tarred rope, or a flexible whip-stalk, three-fourths of an inch in diameter, with a swab or bulbous end.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
I say, you young cub down there,” shouted the skipper to him from the hatchway, “come up and swab this deck.Eric, or Little by Little|Frederic W. Farrar
A Lascar is standing by grinning, with a bucket of water and a deck-swab; they want to begin holystoning down the decks.Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
Then I jumps off my white mule, takes the swab by the heels, an' chucks him over the warehouse into a cactus bush.Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
Gordon is gone from us, and his name will pass, like that of the “swab” Tyler, into the quietude of the history-books.
British Dictionary definitions for swab
- a small piece of cotton, gauze, etc, for use in applying medication, cleansing a wound, or obtaining a specimen of a secretion, etc
- the specimen so obtained