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fire swab (plural fire swabs)

  1. A water-soaked swab for cooling a gun in action and clearing away particles of powder, etc.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for fire swab in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)