AskDefine | Define swabbing

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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
2 cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors [syn: swob, mop]


1 wash with a swab or a mop; "swab the ship's decks" [syn: swob]
2 apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with paint" [syn: dab, swob] [also: swabbing, swabbed]swabbing n : cleaning with a mop; "he gave it a good mopping" [syn: mopping]swabbing See swab
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