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swabnoun [C]

 us   /swɑb/
a ​smallpiece of ​softmaterial at the end of a ​thinstick, used esp. for ​cleaning something or for putting on ​medicine: a ​cotton swab
(Definition of swab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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swabnoun [C]

uk   /swɒb/  us   /swɑːb/
a ​smallpiece of ​softmaterial used for ​cleaning a ​cut or for taking a ​smallamount of ​substance from a ​body, or the ​substance itself that can then be ​tested: The ​nursecleaned the ​cut on my ​leg with a swab. "I'm just going to take a swab ofyourear," said the ​doctor. US (US trademark Q-tip, UK trademark cotton bud) a ​smallpiece of ​softmaterial on a ​shortstick: Use a ​cotton swab to ​cleanyourears.

swabverb [T]

uk   /swɒb/  us   /swɑːb/ (-bb-)
(Definition of swab from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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