One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rounded pad used in printing to apply ink to a surface.
- ‘Ink was applied to the type by dabbers, known as ink balls, a technique which survived until the development of the ink roller at the beginning of the 19th cent.’
- ‘A little amount of work for their hands was given when they took copies of the inscriptions present in the museum with simple accessories like coir brush and ink dabber.’
- ‘Later, a coat of lamp black ink and gum is applied on the paper, which is tapped with dabbers and brush.’
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