Definition of dab :
1. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck.
2. A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.
3. A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert.
4. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
5. To strike gently with the fingers or hand; to stroke lightly; to tap; as, to pat a dog.
6. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
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particle (part of speech: noun)
- It was the season of apple- sauce with cinnamon, and baked apples with a dab of jelly where the core ought to be, and apple- tapioca and Brown Betty. - "The Adventures of Bobby Orde", Stewart Edward White.
- He rose and walked out of the kitchen, and as Dally saw him from the window on his way round to the front, she gave her stocking- covered fist a dab down on the table and uttered an angry " Ugh!" - "The Man with a Shadow", George Manville Fenn.
- This genius cooked the midday meals and the dinners; but, because no Frenchman can understand why any one should require for breakfast anything more solid than a dry roll and a dab of honey, the preparation of the morning meal was intrusted to a Southern black boy, who, I may say, was a regular skillet hound. - "Eating in Two or Three Languages", Irvin S. Cobb.