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Definition 1: cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for swab in the sense of this definition

(swab is a kind of ...) any of a large class of implements used for cleaning

(... is a kind of swab ) a dry swab for dusting floors

(... is a kind of swab ) a wet mop with a sponge as the absorbent

(swab is a part of ...) the handle of a mop

Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

(swab is a kind of ...) instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

Definition 3: wash with a swab or a mop - [verb of contact]

Samples where swab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • swab the ship's decks

Synonyms for swab in the sense of this definition

(swab is a kind of ...) to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop

"Mop the hallway now" "He mopped her forehead with a towel"

Definition 4: apply (usually a liquid) to a surface - [verb of contact]

Samples where swab or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dab the wall with paint

Synonyms for swab in the sense of this definition

(swab is a kind of ...) apply to a surface

"She applied paint to the back of the house" "Put on make-up!"

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