Swad vs Swab - What's the difference?

swad | swab |


As nouns the difference between swad and swab

is that swad is a bunch, clump, mass while swab is (medicine) a small piece of soft, absorbent material, such as gauze, used to clean wounds, apply medicine, or take samples of body fluids often attached to a stick or wire to aid access.

As a verb swab is

to use a swab on something, or clean something with a swab.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

swad

English

Alternative forms

* swod

Noun

(en noun)
  • A bunch, clump, mass
  • * 1895 — , chapter X
  • "Ye'd oughta see th' swad a' chil'ren I've got, an' all like that."
  • (obsolete, slang) A crowd; a group of people.
  • (obsolete) A boor, lout.
  • * 1591 , scene 2
  • Sham’st thou not coistrel, loathsome dunghill swad .
  • * Ben Jonson
  • There was one busy fellow was their leader, / A blunt, squat swad , but lower than yourself.
  • * Greene
  • Country swains, and silly swads .
  • (mining) A thin layer of refuse at the bottom of a seam.
  • (Raymond)
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete, Northern) A cod, or pod, as of beans or peas.
  • * Blount
  • Swad , in the north, is a peascod shell — thence used for an empty, shallow-headed fellow.
    (Webster 1913)

    Synonyms

    * bunch, clump, mass

    References

    * WordNet 3.0 (2006, Princeton University);

    Anagrams

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    swab

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (medicine) a small piece of soft, absorbent material, such as gauze, used to clean wounds, apply medicine, or take samples of body fluids. Often attached to a stick or wire to aid access.
  • A sample taken with a swab (1).
  • A piece of material used for cleaning or sampling other items like musical instruments or guns.
  • A mop, especially on a ship.
  • (slang) A sailor; a swabby.
  • Synonyms

    * (sailor) swabby

    Verb

    (swabb)
  • To use a swab on something, or clean something with a swab.
  • * , chapter=6
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.}}