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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun swab:

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Definition of the noun swab

What does swab mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: swabs

  1. implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: implement = instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  2. cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors

Alternative definition of the noun swab

noun

  1. [medicine] a small piece of soft, absorbent material, such as gauze, used to clean wounds, apply medicine, or take samples of body fluids. Often attached to a stick or wire to aid access.
  2. A sample taken with a swab (1).
  3. A piece of material used for cleaning or sampling other items like musical instruments or guns.
  4. A mop, especially on a ship.
  5. [slang] A sailor; see 'swabby'.

Definition of the verb swab

What does swab mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: swabbed, swabbing

  1. wash with a swab or a mop
    • example: swab the ship's decks
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the storeVerbs of Putting: brush, drizzle, hang, plaster, pump, rub, scatter, seed, sew, shower, smear, smudge, sow, spatter, splash, splatter, spray, spread, sprinkle, spritz, spurt, squirt, stick, strew, string, wash, wrap
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Destination]Jessica squirted water at me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Locative or Directional Preposition] [Destination]Paint sprayed onto the wall
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counterVerbs of Removing: bail, dab, dust, erase, lick, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, sweep, wash, wear, wipe
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of swab: swob
    • more generic terms: mop / mop up / wipe up = to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
  2. apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
    • example: They swab the bread with melted butter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Destination]Jessica squirted water at me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Locative or Directional Preposition] [Destination]Paint sprayed onto the wall

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): brush, drizzle, hang, plaster, pump, rub, scatter, seed, sew, shower, smear, smudge, sow, spatter, splash, splatter, spray, spread, sprinkle, spritz, spurt, squirt, stick, strew, string, wash, wrap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of swab: dab / swob
    • more generic terms: apply / put on = apply to a surface

Alternative definition of the verb swab

verb

  1. [transitive] To use a swab on something, or clean something with a swab

Person

Who is Swab?

Swab is a singer and member of the group Ideal.

  • profession: Singer
  • member of musical group Ideal since

Miscellanea

Swab: A small piece of relatively flat absorbent material that contains a drug. A swab may also be attached to one end of a small stick. A swab is typically used for applying medication or for cleansing.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Swab

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Google previewElements of Black and White Printing (2012)

by Carson Graves

A small brush or a cotton swab is a good tool to use to apply the ...

Google previewMosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference (2014)

by Kathleen Deska Pagana, Timothy J. Pagana, Theresa N Pagana

For culture specimens, a urine, sputum, or mouth swab is the specimen of choice. Fresh specimens are essential. • The specimens are cultured in a virus laboratory , which takes about 3 to 7 days. • For antibody or antigen titer, collect a venous ...

Google previewProblems in Gynaecology (2012)

by E.P.W. Tatford

The swab is the usual means of transporting a specimen to the laboratory in transport medium while the other three are suitable for taking drops of discharge for direct microscopy. An intra-urethral swab should always be taken when there are ...

Google previewWound Healing and Ulcers of the Skin (2005)

Diagnosis and Therapy - The Practical Approach by Avi Shai, Howard I. Maibach

Swabbing Using a swab is the most common way to collect bacteriologic specimens. Taking samples at the deepest point of the ulcer margin , close ...

Google previewCholera (1992)

by Dhiman Barua, William B. Greenough

The rectal swab is a very practical method for collecting specimens but it may not be the best method, since the vibrios probably multiply in the upper part of the small bowel and in the absence of diarrhea may be overgrown by normal intestinal ...

Google previewMosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests (2013)

by Kathleen Deska Pagana, Timothy J. Pagana

During • For culture specimens, a urine, sputum, or mouth swab is the specimen of choice. Fresh specimens are essential. • The specimens are cultured in a virus laboratory, which takes about 3 to 7 days. • For an antibody or antigen titer, ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Swab, swob, n.amop for cleaning ordrying floors or decks, or for cleaning out the bore of a cannon: a bit of sponge, &c., forcleansing the mouth ofa sick person: (slang) a naval officer's epaulet: a lubber or clumsy fellow in sailor's slang.

Google previewLocomotive Dictionary (1912)

Definitions and Illustrations of American Locomotives, Their Parts and Equipment, Together with Typical Illustrations of Machine Tools and Devices Used in Their Maintenance and Repair by Roydon Vincent Wright, Porter La Forrest Swift

Swab Holder Swab II older Disc Gland Sliding Plate Ring Sliding Plate Half Pieces King Packing Ring Retainer Half Pieces Retainer Shell Preo enter Spring Swab : Fig. 821—King Type Metallic Valve Stem Packing; The United States Metallic ...

Google previewDictionary of Zoo Biology and Animal Management (2013)

by Paul A. Rees

swab. 1. A piece ofcottonwool, gauzeorsimilar mate​rialused forcleaningawound or takingasamplefor examination or testing (e.g. a rectal swab). 2. The action oftaking asampleorcleaning a wound ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1895)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases by William Mark McKinney

Allen, 2 Swab. & T. 107. But see Dent v.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Practical Medicine (1902)

The swab for making cultures consists of an iron rod wrapped closely with absorbent cotton. This is put in a glass tube plugged with absorbent cotton and subjected to dry heat at a temperature of 150°F. for one hour. Method of Taking Cultures.

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Scrabble value of S1W4A1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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