verb (used with object), swabbed, swab·bing.
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Origin of swab
OTHER WORDS FROM swabun·swabbed, adjective
Definition for swab (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for swab
A woman standing in line for a coronavirus test asks one of the officials if the test—a nose and throat swab—hurts.
The throat swab is less invasive, requiring only a quick brush of the back of the tongue.
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.
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
Pour a little into a cup, and apply to the spots with a swab, but be sure not to allow the acid to touch the hands.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)|Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Had not he possessed that, he would not have been at the head of the firm of Crank, Trunnion & Swab.The Two Supercargoes|W.H.G. Kingston
The bauer by daylight was somewhat less of a Swab and gave me milk for my porridge, the first I had had for three months.The New Germany|George Young
Put the nicest articles in the wash-dish, and wash them in hot suds, with the swab or nicest dish-cloth.A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
An attendant dipped a swab in a tub of salt and water to baste the ox, and moderate the fire.The Loyalists of Massachusetts|James H. Stark
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