/swob/, n., v., swabbed, swabbing.
1. a large mop used on shipboard for cleaning decks, living quarters, etc.
2. a bit of sponge, cloth, cotton, or the like, sometimes fixed to a stick, for cleansing the mouth of a sick person or for applying medicaments, drying areas, etc.
3. the material collected with a swab as a specimen for microscopic study.
4. a brush or wad of absorbent material for cleaning the bore of a firearm.
5. Slang. a sailor; swabby.
6. Slang. a clumsy fellow.
7. to clean with or as if with a swab: to swab the decks.
8. to take up or apply, as moisture, with or as if with a swab: to swab soapy water from the decks.
9. to pass over a surface: to swab a mop over the decks.
Also, swob.
[1645-55; back formation from SWABBER]

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