|v. t.||1.||To clean with a mop or swab; to wipe when very wet, as after washing; |
|n.||1.||A kind of mop for cleaning floors, the desks of vessels, etc., esp. one made of rope-yarns or threads.|
|2.||A bit of sponge, cloth, or the like, fastened to a handle, for cleansing the mouth of a sick person, applying medicaments to deep-seated parts, etc.|
|3.||(Naut.) An epaulet.|
|4.||A cod, or pod, as of beans or pease.|
|5.||A sponge, or other suitable substance, attached to a long rod or handle, for cleaning the bore of a firearm.|
|Noun||1.||swab - 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|
|2.||swab - cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors|
|Verb||1.||swab - wash with a swab or a mop; "swab the ship's decks"|
|2.||swab - apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; "dab the wall with paint"|
|swab - /swob/ The PDP-11 swap byte instruction mnemonic, as
immortalised in the dd option "conv=swab".|
1. To solve the NUXI problem by swapping bytes in a file.
2. The program in V7 Unix used to perform this action, or anything functionally equivalent to it.
See also big-endian, little-endian, middle-endian, bytesexual.