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Meaning of SWAB

Pronunciation:  swâb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors
  2. [n]  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
  3. [v]  apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
  4. [v]  wash with a swab or a mop; "swab the ship's decks"

SWAB is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dab, mop, swob, swob
 See Also: apply, cleaning implement, dry mop, dust mop, dustmop, implement, mop, mop handle, mop up, put on, sponge mop, wipe up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Swab\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swabbed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Swabbing}.] [See {Swabber}, n.]
    To clean with a mop or swab; to wipe when very wet, as after
    washing; as, to swab the desk of a ship. [Spelt also {swob}.]
  2. \Swab\, n. [Written also swob.]
    1. A kind of mop for cleaning floors, the desks of vessels,
       etc., esp. one made of rope-yarns or threads.
    2. A bit of sponge, cloth, or the like, fastened to a handle,
       for cleansing the mouth of a sick person, applying
       medicaments to deep-seated parts, etc.
    3. (Naut.) An epaulet. [Sailor's Slang] --Marryat.
    4. A cod, or pod, as of beans or pease. [Obs.] --Bailey.
    5. A sponge, or other suitable substance, attached to a long
       rod or handle, for cleaning the bore of a firearm.
Computing Dictionary

/swob/ The pdp-11 swap byte instruction mnemonic, as immortalised in the dd option "conv=swab".

1. To solve the nuxi problem by swapping bytes in a file.

2. The program in V7 Unix used to perform this action, or anything functionally equivalent to it.

See also big-endian, little-endian, middle-endian, bytesexual.

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or using a swab in your dream, represents your need for healing and/or cleansing.