- The definition of a slip is a mistake in judgment or footing.
An example of slip is accidentally telling someone about her surprise birthday party.
- Slip is defined as to slide out of place or to quietly move without being seen.
- An example of slip is to trip and land on the ice while skating.
- An example of slip is to leave a room without being noticed.
slip definition by Webster's New World
- to go quietly or secretly; move without attracting notice: to slip out of a room
- to go, move, pass, etc. smoothly, quickly, or easily
- to get (into or out of clothes) quickly
- to go imperceptibly; pass unmarked: time slipped by
- to pass gradually into or out of some condition, activity, habit, opinion, etc.: to slip off to sleep
- to escape or pass from a person's memory, mind, power, grasp, etc.: to let a chance slip by
- to move out of place by sliding; shift or slide from position: a napkin slipping from one's lap
- to slide accidentally on a slippery surface, lose footing, etc.
- to make a mistake; fall into error; err
- to become worse; lose strength, ability, mental keenness, etc.
- to decline slightly; fall off: a slipping market
- Aeron. sideslip
Origin: Middle English slippen ; from Middle Low German akin to Old High German slifan ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)leib-, to glide, slip ; from base an unverified form (s)lei-, slimy: see slide
- to cause to slip or move with a smooth, sliding motion
- to put (on) or take (off) quickly or easily, as an article of clothing
- to put, pass, insert, etc. quickly, deftly, or stealthily: to slip a pill into one's mouth, to slip in a cutting remark
- to escape or pass from (the mind or memory)
- Now Rare to let pass unheeded; overlook; miss
- to get loose or away from (a restraint, pursuer, etc.); become free of: the dog slipped its leash
- to let loose (hounds) to pursue game
- to transfer (a stitch) from one needle to another without knitting it, as in forming patterns in, or decreasing the width of, a knitted piece
- to slink (a fetus)
- to put out of joint; dislocate
- Naut. to free an anchored ship from (the anchor) by parting or unshackling the cable
- a pier or platform sloping into the water to serve as a landing place
- an inclined plane leading down to water, on which ships are built or repaired
- ☆ a water channel between piers or wharves, used for the docking of ships
- the difference between the distance moved by a vessel and the distance it would move if the propeller were advancing through a soft solid instead of mobile water; lost motion of a propeller
- a leash for a dog made so that it can be released quickly
- a woman's sleeveless undergarment the same length as a dress, usually suspended from shoulder straps
- a petticoat or half slip
- a cloth cover for a pillow
- an act of slipping, sliding, or falling down
- a deviation or turning aside, esp. from a practice, course of conduct, etc. considered right
- an error or mistake, esp. one made inadvertently in speaking, writing, etc.
- an accident or mishap
- the amount or degree of operative inefficiency of a mechanical device, expressed in terms of the difference between theoretical and actual output
- movement of one part upon another, usually where no movement is meant to exist; play
- Aeron. sideslip
- Cricket a fielder placed behind the wickets on the off side of the batter
- any movement displacing parts of rock or soil masses in relation to one another; small fault or landslide
- a smooth surface or joint where such movement has taken place
- Metallurgy the process by which plastic deformation is produced in metal crystals by one part of a crystal moving in relation to another, usually in a particular crystallographic plane
- a stem, root, twig, etc. cut or broken off a plant and used for planting or grafting; cutting; scion
- a young, slim person: a mere slip of a girl
- a long, thin piece or strip, as of cloth
- a small piece of paper, esp. one prepared for a specific use: an order slip
- ☆ a narrow church pew
Origin: Middle English slippe ; from Middle Dutch ; from slippen, to cut
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English slyppe, slypa, paste, slime, dropping ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)leub-, to glide, slip from source sleeve, Classical Latin lubricus, slippery
slip definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb slipped slipped, slip·ping, slips verb, intransitive
- a. To move smoothly, easily, and quietly: slipped into bed.b. To move stealthily; steal.
- To pass gradually, easily, or imperceptibly: “It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by” (Vita Sackville-West).
- a. To slide involuntarily and lose one's balance or foothold. See Synonyms at slide.b. To slide out of place; shift position: The gear slipped.
- To escape, as from a grasp, fastening, or restraint: slipped away from his pursuers.
- To decline from a former or standard level; fall off.
- To fall behind a scheduled production rate.
- To fall into fault or error. Often used with up.
- To cause to move in a smooth, easy, or sliding motion: slipped the bolt into place.
- To place or insert smoothly and quietly.
- To put on or remove (clothing) easily or quickly: slip on a sweater; slipped off her shoes.
- To get loose or free from; elude.
- To give birth to prematurely. Used of animals.
- To unleash or free (a dog or hawk) to pursue game.
- To release, loose, or unfasten: slip a knot.
- To dislocate (a bone).
- To pass (a knitting stitch) from one needle to another without knitting it.
- The act or an instance of slipping or sliding.
- An accident or mishap, especially a falling down.
- a. An error in conduct or thinking; a mistake.b. A slight error or oversight, as in speech or writing: a slip of the tongue.
- Nautical a. A docking place for a ship between two piers.b. A slipway.
- Nautical The difference between a vessel's actual speed through water and the speed at which the vessel would move if the screw were propelling against a solid.
- a. A woman's undergarment of dress length with shoulder straps.b. A half-slip.
- A pillowcase.
- Geology a. A smooth crack at which rock strata have moved on each other.b. A small fault.c. The relative displacement of formerly adjacent points on opposite sides of a fault.
- The difference between optimal and actual output in a mechanical device.
- Movement between two parts where none should exist, as between a pulley and a belt.
- A sideways movement of an airplane when banked too far.
Origin: Middle English slippen, probably of Middle Low German or Middle Dutch origin; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
- A part of a plant cut or broken off for grafting or planting; a scion or cutting.
- A long narrow piece; a strip.
- A slender youthful person: a slip of a child.
- A small piece of paper, especially a small form, document, or receipt: a deposit slip; a sales slip.
- A narrow pew in a church.
Origin: Probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch slippe.
Origin: Middle English, slime, from Old English slypa; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
slip - Computer Definition
A Link Layer packet framing protocol that defines a sequence of characters that frame IP packets on a serial line. SLIP provides no addressing, packet type identification, error control, or compression mechanisms. SLIP is defined in RFC 1055 as a nonstandard protocol for transmission of IP datagrams, in the formal sense, although it has become a de facto standard. RFC 1144 defines Compressed SLIP (CSLIP), a method for improving TCP/IP performance over low-speed (300 bps to 19.2 kbps) serial lines by compressing the TCP/IP headers. Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) performs the same basic functions as SLIP, plus compression and other functions. See also compression, datagram, error control, header, IP, Link Layer, packet, PPP, protocol, serial communications, standard, and TCP/IP.
(Serial Line IP) A communications protocol for dial-up access to TCP/IP networks. It was commonly used to gain access to the Internet as well as to provide dial-up access between LANs. SLIP transmits IP packets over any serial link (dial up or private lines). SLIP has been mostly superseded by the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP). See CSLIP and PPP.
slip - Phrases/Idioms
give someone the slip
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give (someone) the slip
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