USAGE NOTE
This word is often used in the plural in the sense shown in 7).
dab(
dahb
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to apply lightly)
a. dar unos toques de
I dabbed some antihistamine cream on her rash.Le di unos toques de crema antihistamínica en su erupción.
b. poner
Roxanne dabbed some perfume behind her ears and left for the party.Roxanne puso un poco de perfume detrás de las orejas y salió a la fiesta.
c. aplicar
Patricia dabbed some paint on the nicked surface of the door.Patricia aplicó pintura en la superficie mellada de la puerta.
d. untar
Rob dabbed some garlic butter on the bread and put it in the oven.Rob untó mantequilla con ajo en el pan y lo puso en el horno.
2. (to press lightly)
a. dar unos toques a
The nurse dipped a cotton ball in alcohol and dabbed Jim's arm before injecting him.La enfermera humedeció una torunda en alcohol y le dio unos toques al brazo de Jim antes de inyectarle.
b. secarse
Gisela stopped crying, dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief, and said she was leaving.Gisela dejó de llorar, se secó los ojos con un pañuelo y dijo que se iba.
3. (to remove; used with "off"`)
a. quitar
Larry dabbed the ketchup stain off with a damp cloth.Larry quitó la mancha de catsup con un trapo humedecido.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
4. (small amount)
a. el toque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Carol put just a dab of cream on each taco.Carol puso solo un toque de crema en cada taco.
b. la gota
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
You can fix that scratch with a dab of paint.Puedes arreglar ese rasguño con una gota de pintura.
c. el poquito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Would you like hot sauce on your pizza? - Just a dab, please.¿Quieres salsa picante en tu pizza? - Solo un poquito, por favor.
d. la pizca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Juan added a dab of salt to the boiling water for the pasta.Juan agregó una pizca de sal al agua hirviendo para la pasta.
5. (gentle stroke)
a. el toque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
She removed the excess paint from the canvas with a dab of a tissue.Retiró el exceso de pintura del lienzo con un toque con un pañuelo.
6. (animal)
a. la lenguadina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
As other species have been overfished, more people are fishing for dab now.Como se ha abusado de la pesca de otras especies, ahora más gente pesca lenguadina.
7. (culinary)
a. la lenguadina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Dabs, being from the North Atlantic, have plenty of health fats.Las lenguadinas, al ser del Atántico Norte, son ricas grasas saludables.
dabs
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(fingerprint) (United Kingdom)
a. las huellas digitales
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The bobby nicked her for shoplifting and took her dabs.El poli la agarró por hurto y le tomó las huellas digitales.
b. las huellas dactilares
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
They took his dabs as part of the application process.Le tomaron las huellas dactilares como parte del proceso de la solicitud.
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dab
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (of paint, glue, perfume)
a. el pizca f, toque
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
2. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a.
dabshuellas fpl dactilares or digitales
she's a dab hand at drawingdibuja que es un alucine
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (paint, glue, perfume)
a. aplicar, poner
she dabbed her eyes with a handkerchiefse secó los ojos delicadamente con un pañuelo
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dab [dæb]
noun
1 (light stroke) toque (m); (blow) golpecito (m)
2 (small amount) pizca (f); [of paint] ligero brochazo (m); [of liquid] gota (f)
3 dabs especially (Britain) huellas (f) digitales
transitive verb
(touch lightly) tocar ligeramente; (with cream, butter) untar ligeramente; (with paint, water) dar unos toques a
to dab a stain off quitar una mancha humedeciéndola; to dab on untar ligeramente
dab [dæb]
noun
(fish) lenguado (m)
dab [dæb]
adjective
to be a dab hand at (doing) sth (Britain) ser un hacha para (hacer) algo
adverb
dab in the middle (US) en el mismo centro
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