—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. to strike lightly; make a dab; pat: She dabbed at the stain on her dress.
—n. 1. a quick or light blow; a pat, as with the hand or something soft.
2. a small moist lump or mass: a dab of butter. 3. a small quantity: a dab of powder.
Pronunciation: (dab),[key] —n. any of several flatfishes of the genus Limanda, esp. the European flatfish, L. limanda.