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Dab vs. Tab — What's the Difference?

Dab vs. Tab — What's the Difference?

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Dab

Press against (something) lightly several times with a piece of absorbent material in order to clean or dry it or to apply a substance
He dabbed his mouth with his napkin
She dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief
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Tab

A small flap or strip of material attached to or projecting from something, used to hold, fasten, or manipulate it, or for identification and information.
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Dab

Strike with a light blow.
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Tab

A second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.
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Dab

Perform a dance move or gesture in which one arm is bent at an angle across the chest while the other is fully extended parallel to the first arm, with the face turned towards the bent elbow
The player who dabs after touchdowns
May 25, 2021
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Tab

A restaurant bill
The waiter brought three drinks and a new tab
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Dab

A small amount of something
She licked a dab of chocolate from her finger
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Tab

Short for tableau curtains
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Dab

Fingerprints
The catalogue is being dusted for your dabs
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Tab

A part of a control surface, typically hinged, that modifies the action or response of the surface.
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Dab

A small, commercially important flatfish found chiefly in the North Atlantic.
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Tab

A cigarette.
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Dab

A dance move or gesture, originating in hip hop and often performed as part of a celebration, in which one arm is bent at an angle across the upper chest while the other is fully extended parallel to the first arm, with the face turned towards the bent elbow
He celebrated on the court by doing the dab
His signature dab
May 25, 2021

Tab

A facility in a word-processing program, or a device on a keyboard, for advancing to a sequence of set positions in tabular work
The tab key
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Dab

To apply with short poking strokes
Dabbed some paint on the worn spots.
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Tab

A tablet, especially one containing an illicit drug
He faced charges of attempting to export Ecstasy tabs
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Dab

To cover lightly with a moist substance
Dabbed the back of the fabric with glue.
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Tab

A tabloid newspaper
She tries to cover up his peccadillos before they make the tabs' front pages
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Dab

To rub or pat (something) lightly
Dabbed his eye with the corner of his sleeve.
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Tab

Short for tablature
Get tips on learning how to read guitar tab
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Dab

To press (something) lightly against an object or surface
Dabbed a napkin to her lips.
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Tab

Mark or identify with a projecting piece of material
He opened the book at a page tabbed by a cloth bookmark
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Dab

To remove or brush away with light strokes
Dabbed the tears from the child's eyes.
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Tab

Use the tab key on a computer or typewriter keyboard
The user can tab to the phrase and press Enter
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Dab

To make light patting or stroking motions
Dabbed at the wound with a piece of gauze.
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Tab

Short for tabulate
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Dab

A small amount
A dab of jelly.
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Tab

A projection, flap, or short strip attached to an object to facilitate opening, handling, or identification.
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Dab

A quick light pat.
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Tab

A small, usually decorative flap or tongue on a garment.
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Dab

Any of various flatfishes, especially the edible Limanda limanda of northeast Atlantic waters.
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Tab

A small auxiliary airfoil that is attached to a larger one and that helps stabilize an aircraft.
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Dab

A dab hand.
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Tab

A pull-tab.
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Dab

(transitive) To press lightly in a repetitive motion with a soft object without rubbing.
I dabbed my face with a towel.
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Tab

A bill or check, such as one for a meal in a restaurant.
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Dab

(transitive) To apply a substance in this way.
He dabbed moisturizing liquid on his face.
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Tab

Cost; price
The tab for upgrading the computers would be high.
May 25, 2021

Dab

To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A tabulator on a typewriter.
May 25, 2021

Dab

(slang) To apply hash oil to a heated surface for the purpose of efficient combustion.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A key on a computer keyboard that, when pressed, inserts a special ASCII character used for formatting text, as in indenting a line or block of text.
May 25, 2021

Dab

To perform the dab dance move, by moving both arms to one side of the body parallel with your head.
May 25, 2021

Tab

This special ASCII character.
May 25, 2021

Dab

A soft tap or blow; a blow or peck from a bird's beak; an aimed blow.
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Tab

A tabloid.
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Dab

(AAVE) A soft, playful box given in greeting or approval.
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Tab

To supply with a tab or tabs.
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Dab

A small amount, a blob of some soft or wet substance.
A dab of glue
May 25, 2021

Tab

To press the tab on a typewriter or computer keyboard
Tab over to the next column.
May 25, 2021

Dab

(slang) A small amount of hash oil.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, opening etc.
May 25, 2021

Dab

Fingerprint.
May 25, 2021

Tab

(slang) An ear.
May 25, 2021

Dab

(dance) A hip hop dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm, briefly resting their face in the elbow, as if sneezing into their elbow.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A navigational widget, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.
May 25, 2021

Dab

(obsolete) A dabbler.
May 25, 2021

Tab

(GUI) The page or form associated with such a navigational widget.
How many tabs are open in your Web browser?
May 25, 2021

Dab

One skilful or proficient; an expert; an adept.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A fast march or run with full kit.
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Dab

A small flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, especially Limanda limanda; a flounder.
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Tab

A restaurant bill.
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Dab

(US) A sand dab, a small flatfish of genus Citharichthys.
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Tab

Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar; slate
Put this round on my tab, please, barman.
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Dab

With a dab, or sudden contact.
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Tab

(by extension) The cost or bill for anything.
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Dab

Bad.
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Tab

(computing) A space character that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
May 25, 2021

Dab

A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert.
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.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A cigarette.
Giv' us a tab man!
May 25, 2021

Dab

A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
May 25, 2021

Dab

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.
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Tab

(Oxbridge slang) A student of Cambridge University.
May 25, 2021

Dab

A small mass of anything soft or moist.
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Tab

(colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.
May 25, 2021

Dab

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.
May 25, 2021

Tab

(informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
May 25, 2021

Dab

To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
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Tab

(transitive) To affix with tabs; to label.
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Dab

A light touch or stroke
May 25, 2021

Tab

(computing) To use the Tab key on a computer to advance the cursor or move the input focus, or on a typewriter to advance the carriage.
May 25, 2021

Dab

A small quantity of something moist or soft;
A dab of paint
A splatter of mud
May 25, 2021

Tab

The flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle.
May 25, 2021

Dab

Apply (usually a liquid) to a surface;
Dab the wall with paint
May 25, 2021

Tab

A tag. See Tag, 2.
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Dab

Hit lightly;
Pat him on the shoulder
May 25, 2021

Tab

A loop for pulling or lifting something.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge or border.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A small projecting piece of a file folder, file card, or similar sheet used in a filing system, on which a notation is written to permit convenient search for the folder, card, etc.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A bill or check for some purchase, as in a restaurant; as, the salesman will pick up the tab.
May 25, 2021

Tab

A key on a typewriter or computer keyboard which advances the carriage or curser to the next (preset) tab position; - used especially to type or print text or numbers in columns.
May 25, 2021

Tab

The bill in a restaurant;
He asked the waiter for the check
May 25, 2021

Tab

Sensationalist journalism
May 25, 2021

Tab

The key on an electric typewriter that causes a tabulation
May 25, 2021

Tab

A short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it;
Pull the tab to open the can
Files with a red tab will be stored separately
The collar has a tab with a button hole
May 25, 2021

Tab

A dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
May 25, 2021

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