dab


dab
dab1
/dab/, v., dabbed, dabbing, n.
v.t.
1. to pat or tap gently, as with something soft or moist: The child dabbed his eyes with the handkerchief.
2. to apply (a substance) by light strokes: He dabbed the ointment on the rash.
3. to strike, esp. lightly, as with the hand.
4. Masonry. to dress (stonework) with a pointed tool.
5. Western U.S. to throw (a rope or line) in an effort to lasso or catch something: Joe dabbed his rope on the steer.
v.i.
6. to strike lightly; make a dab; pat: She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
n.
7. a quick or light blow; a pat, as with the hand or something soft.
8. a small moist lump or mass: a dab of butter.
9. a small quantity: a dab of powder.
[1250-1300; ME dabben; cf. Norw dabbe shuffle along, walk slowly, G Tappe pat, tappen to feel along, grope]
Syn. 8. pat, bit; dollop, smidgen.
dab2
/dab/, n.
any of several flatfishes of the genus Limanda, esp. the European flatfish, L. limanda.
[1570-80; perh. special use of DAB1]
dab3
/dab/, Slang.
n.
1. Also called dab hand. a person skilled in something; an expert.
2. an excellent or extraordinary person or thing.
adj.
3. expert; excellent; extraordinary.
[1685-95; of uncert. orig.]

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      any of the flatfishes of the genus Limanda, family Pleuronectidae, found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Dabs are right-eyed flatfish—i.e., the eyes are usually on the right side of the head. The dab of European waters is L. limanda, an abundant and valuable food fish. It is small, usually under 25 cm (10 inches) long, and light brown, with or without dark spots.

      Other species include the yellowtail flounder, or rusty dab (L. ferruginea), a reddish brown western Atlantic fish with rust-coloured spots and a yellow tail; the yellowfin sole, or Alaska dab (L. aspera), a brownish northern Pacific flatfish; and the longhead dab (L. proboscidea), a light-spotted, brownish northern Pacific fish with yellow on the edges of its body.

      The name dab is also used for such other flatfishes as the sanddab (q.v.) and the American plaice, or rough dab (see plaice).

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