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)
How to use swab in a sentence
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 claims also included codes for a nasal swab coronavirus test.
The physician’s orders documented in the facility’s medical record also do not mention the nasal swab 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