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1. The fourth letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonant. The English letter is from Latin,
which is from Greek, which took it from Phnician, the probable ultimate origin being Egyptian. It is related
most nearly to t and th; as, Eng. deep, G. tief; Eng. daughter, G. tochter, Gr. qyga`thr, Skr. duhitr.
See Guide to Pronunciation, &radic178, 179, 229.
2. (Mus.) The nominal of the second tone in the model major scale or of the fourth tone in the relative
minor scale of C or of the key tone in the relative minor of F.
3. As a numeral D stands for 500. in this use it is not the initial of any word, or even strictly a letter, but
one half of the sign (or ) the original Tuscan numeral for 1000.
(Dab) n. [Perh. corrupted fr. adept.] A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert. [Colloq.]
One excels at a plan or the titlepage, another works away at the body of the book, and the third is a
dab at an index.Goldsmith.
(Dab), n. [Perh. so named from its quickness in diving beneath the sand. Cf. Dabchick.] (Zoöl.)
A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda.
The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.
(Dab) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dabbed (dabd); p. pr. & vb. n. Dabbing.] [OE. dabben to strice; akin
to OD. dabben to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble, and perh. to G. tappen to grope.]
1. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
A sore should . . . be wiped . . . only by dabbing it over with fine lint.S. Sharp.
2. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust. "To dab him in the neck." Sir T. More.
1. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck.
A scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak.Hawthorne.
2. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
(Dabb) n. (Zoöl.) A large, spine-tailed lizard found in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine; called also
dhobb, and dhubb.
(Dab"ber) n. That with which one dabs; hence, a pad or other device used by printers, engravers,
etc., as for dabbing type or engraved plates with ink.
(Dab"ble) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dabbled (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Dabbling ] [Freq. of dab: cf. OD.
dabbelen.] To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet. "Bright hair dabbled
in blood." Shak.
(Dab"ble), v. i.
1. To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water.
Where the duck dabbles 'mid the rustling sedge.Wordsworth.