Dictionary of American Biography
A small quantity of something moist or soft; SYN. splash, splatter.
1. A sudden blow or thrust; poke
2. A small amount
3. A gentle touch or stroke; pat
Small marine flatfish of the flounder family, especially the genus Limanda. Dabs live in the N Atlantic and around the coasts of Britain and Scandinavia.
Species include l. limanda which grows to about 40 cm/16 in, and the American dab l. proboscida, which grows to 30 cm/12 in. Both have both eyes on the right side of their bodies. The left, or blind, side is white, while the rough-scaled right side is light-brown or gray, with dark-brown spots.
1. To apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; SYN. swab, swob.
2. To hit lightly; SYN. pat.