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Noun
Plural for a small piece of soft, absorbent material used to treat wounds or for other medical purposes
“Clean the wound with a swab soaked in normal saline.”
Noun
Plural for a mariner or sailor who mans a ship
“His head was surmounted by the ship's swab, whose brown tresses descended half-way to the deck.”
Noun
Plural for an implement consisting of a bundle of thick loose strings or a sponge attached to a handle, used for wiping floors or other surfaces
Noun
Plural for a layer of paint or metal spread thinly on a surface
Verb
To daub or wipe, typically with a swab
“Use two swabs simultaneously to swab the buccal area and gum line.”
Verb
To clean something, especially with a swab
“He stood up, staring at the blood on his palm for a moment before a med-tech used a wipe to swab it and disinfect his skin.”
Verb
To rub or scour something with force, typically to clean or polish it
Verb
To apply a substance to a surface
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