What does the word swab mean?

Usage examples for swab

  1. To- morrow morning I'm going to put a pair of overalls on you, arm you with a tin can and a swab, and set you to greasing the skidways. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  2. And like as not this swab Henkel may get wiped out before he has the chance of doing him down. – On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles by Thomas Charles Bridges
  3. Hosy will swab 'em out." – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland