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swab

swab (swob)

pronunciation:
swab
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small piece of absorbent material, such as cotton, that is often attached to an applicator stick and is used for medicinal applications or cleansing.
 
definition 2: a sample or specimen that is removed with this article.
definition 3: a mop that is used esp. on a ship to clean the decks.
definition 4: (slang) a sailor.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: swabbed, swabbing, swabs, swobbed, swobbing, swobs
definition 1: to cleanse, dab, or wipe with or as if with a swab.
definition 2: to use a swab or mop on.
The sailors swabbed the decks.