A hand about to dip a donut into a cup of coffee.
- The definition of a dip is a thick saucy food that gets put onto something else to be eaten.
An example of a dip is hummus.
- Dip is defined as to put into a liquid and then take out.
- An example of to dip is scooping salsa onto a tortilla chip.
- An example of to dip is jumping into a pool and getting out.
transitive verbdipped or Now Raredipt, dip′ping
- to put into or under liquid for a moment and then quickly take out; immerse
- to dye in this way
- to clean (sheep, hog, dogs, etc.) by bathing in disinfectant
- to make (a candle) by putting a wick repeatedly in melted tallow or wax
- to coat, plate, or galvanize by immersion
- to get or take out by, or as if by, scooping up with a container, the hand, etc.
- to lower and immediately raise again: dip the flag in salute
- to put (snuff) on the gums, as with a snuff stick
Origin of dipMiddle English dippen from Old English dyppan, to immerse from Germanic an unverified form dup-, to be deep: see dimple
- to plunge into a liquid and quickly come out
- to sink or seem to sink suddenly: the sun dips into the ocean
- to undergo a slight, usually temporary decline: sales dipped in May
- to slope down
- to lower a container, the hand, etc. into liquid, a receptacle, etc., esp. in order to take something out: often used fig.: to dip into one's savings
- to read here and there in a book, etc., or inquire into a subject superficially
- Aeron. to drop suddenly before climbing
- a dipping or being dipped
- a brief plunge into water or other liquid
- a brief swim
- a liquid into which something is dipped, as for dyeing
- whatever is removed by or used in dipping
- a candle made by dipping
- a downward slope or inclination
- the amount of this
- a slight hollow
- a short downward plunge, as of an airplane
- a sweet, liquid sauce for desserts
- a variously flavored, thick, creamy sauce, in which crackers, etc. are dipped to be eaten as appetizers
- Slang a pickpocket
- the downward inclination of a stratum or vein, with reference to a horizontal plane
- Gym. the act of lowering oneself between parallel bars by bending the arms until the chin reaches the bar level, and then raising oneself by straightening the arms
- the deviation of a dip needle from the horizontal
- the amount of such deviation
- Surveying the angular amount by which the horizon is below eye level
verbdipped, dip·ping, dips
- To plunge briefly into a liquid, as in order to wet, coat, or saturate.
- To color or dye by immersing: dip Easter eggs.
- To immerse (a sheep or other animal) in a disinfectant solution.
- To form (a candle) by repeatedly immersing a wick in melted wax or tallow.
- To galvanize or plate (metal) by immersion.
- To scoop up by plunging the hand or a receptacle below the surface, as of a liquid; ladle: dip water out of a bucket.
- To lower and raise (a flag) in salute.
- To lower or drop (something) suddenly: dipped my head to avoid the branch.
- Slang To pick the pockets of.
- To plunge into water or other liquid and come out quickly.
- To plunge the hand or a receptacle into liquid or a container, especially so as to take something up or out: I dipped into my pocket for some coins.
- To withdraw a small amount from a fund: We dipped into our savings.
- To drop down or sink out of sight suddenly: The sun dipped below the horizon.
- To drop suddenly before climbing. Used of an aircraft.
- To slope downward; decline: The road dipped.
- To decline slightly and usually temporarily: Sales dipped after Christmas.
- Geology To lie at an angle to the horizontal plane, as a rock stratum or vein.
- a. To read here and there at random; browse: dipping into Chaucer.b. To investigate a subject superficially; dabble: dipped into psychology.
- Slang To steal by picking pockets.
- To place a preparation of finely shredded tobacco in one's mouth.
- A brief plunge or immersion, especially a quick swim.
- A liquid into which something is dipped, as for dyeing or disinfecting.
- A savory creamy mixture into which crackers, raw vegetables, or other foods may be dipped.
- An amount taken up by dipping.
- A container for dipping.
- A candle made by repeated dipping in tallow or wax.
- A downward slope; a decline.
- A sharp downward course; a drop: a dip in prices.
- Geology The downward inclination of a rock stratum or vein in reference to the plane of the horizon.
- a. Linguistics A part of a phrase or sentence that is unstressed or less strongly stressed relative to surrounding words, as the words I and to in I have to go.b. The unstressed portion of a metrical foot.
- Magnetic dip.
- A hollow or depression.
- Sports A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered by bending the elbows until the chin reaches the level of the bars and then is raised by straightening the arms.
- Slang A pickpocket.
- Slang A foolish or stupid person.
- A preparation of finely shredded tobacco, usually placed between the lower lip and gum. Also called snuff .
Origin of dipMiddle English dippen from Old English dyppan ; see dheub- in Indo-European roots.N., sense 15, back-formation from dippy
- A lower section of a road or geological feature.
- There is a dip in the road ahead.
- Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.
- The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid.
- A tank or trough where cattle or sheep are immersed in chemicals to kill parasites.
- A dip stick.
- A swim, usually a short swim to refresh.
- I'm going for a dip before breakfast.
- (colloquial, dated) A pickpocket.
- A sauce for dipping.
- This onion dip is just scrumptious.
- (geology) The angle from horizontal of a planar geologic surface, such as a fault line.
- (archaic) A dipped candle.
(third-person singular simple present dips, present participle dipping, simple past and past participle dipped)
- To lower into a liquid.
- Dip your biscuit into your tea.
- (intransitive) To immerse oneself; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink.
- (intransitive) (of a value or rate) To decrease slightly.
- To lower a light's beam.
- Dip your lights as you meet an oncoming car.
- To lower (a flag), particularly a national ensign, to a partially hoisted position in order to render or to return a salute. While lowered, the flag is said to be “at the dip.” A flag being carried on a staff may be dipped by leaning it forward at an approximate angle of 45 degrees.
- “The sailor rushed to the flag hoist to dip the flag in return.”
- To treat cattle or sheep by immersion in chemical solution.
- The farmer is going to dip the cattle today.
- To use a dip stick to check oil level in an engine.
- To consume snuff by placing a pinch behind the lip or under the tongue so that the active chemical constituents of the snuff may be absorbed into the system for their narcotic effect.
- To immerse for baptism.
- To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten.
- To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.
- To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; often with out.
- to dip water from a boiler; to dip out water
- (intransitive) To perform the action of plunging a dipper, ladle. etc. into a liquid or soft substance and removing a part.
- To engage as a pledge; to mortgage.
- (intransitive) To incline downward from the plane of the horizon.
- Strata of rock dip.
From Middle English dippen, from Old English dyppan, from Proto-Germanic *dupjaną. Compare Dutch dopen, German taufen.
- A foolish person.
Back-formation from dippy.
dip - Computer Definition
(1) See device independent pixel.
(2) (Document Image Processing) See document imaging.
(3) (Dual In-line Package) A common, mostly-rectangular chip housing with leads (pins) on both sides. Tiny wires bond the chip to metal leads that wind their way down into spider-like feet. The DIP is plugged into a socket or inserted into holes in the printed circuit board and soldered. See DIP switch, CDIP, CERDIP and chip package.
dip - Investment & Finance Definition
A slight drop in prices of stocks, bonds, or other investments that presents a good buying opportunity. Traders often attribute rising prices to investors “buying on the dips.”