how to pronounce swab


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the above transcription of swab is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

swab is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of swab in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… died the dna swab taken by police six …”

meanings of swab


  1. A naval officer's epaulet.
  2. A piece of material used for cleaning or sampling other items like musical instruments or guns.
  3. 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.
  4. A mop, especially on a ship.
  5. A sailor; a swabby.
  6. A sample taken with a swab (piece of absorbent material).


  1. To use a swab on something, or clean something with a swab.

swab frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word swab occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics swab can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that swab can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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