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Noun swab has 2 senses
  1. swab - 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
    --1 is a kind of
    Derived form: verb swab2
  2. swab, swob, mop - cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors
    --2 is a kind of cleaning implement
    --2 has parts: mop handle
    --2 has particulars: dustmop, dust mop, dry mop; sponge mop
    Derived form: verb swab1
Verb swab has 2 senses
  1. swab, swob - wash with a swab or a mop; "swab the ship's decks"
    --1 is one way to wipe up, mop up, mop
    Derived forms: noun swab2, noun swabbing1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. dab, swab, swob - apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with paint"
    --2 is one way to put on, apply
    Derived form: noun swab1
    Sample sentence:
    They swab the bread with melted butter
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