Slip definition

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To fall into fault or error. Often used with up.
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Movement between two parts where none should exist, as between a pulley and a belt.
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To move accidentally out of place or fail to gain traction.

The gear slipped.

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A woman's undergarment of dress length with shoulder straps.
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An accident or mishap, especially resulting in a fall.
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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.

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To move smoothly, easily, and quietly.

Slipped into bed.

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To move stealthily; steal.

Slipped out the back door.

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To escape, as from a grasp, fastening, or restraint.

Slipped out of the wrestler's hold.

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To put on or remove a piece of clothing smoothly or quietly.

Slipped into a nightgown; slipped out of the shirt.

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To slide involuntarily and lose one's balance or foothold.
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To pass gradually, easily, or imperceptibly into a different state.

He slipped into a coma.

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To decline from a former or standard level; fall off.

The senator's popularity has slipped.

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To elapse, especially quickly or without notice.

The days slipped by.

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To put on or remove (clothing) easily or quickly.

Slip on a sweater; slipped off her shoes.

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To give birth to prematurely. Used of animals.
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To dislocate (a bone).
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To pass (a knitting stitch) from one needle to another without knitting it.
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To place or insert smoothly and quietly.

She slipped the letter into her pocket.

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To insert (a remark, for example) unobtrusively.

Managed to slip his criticisms in before the end of the meeting.

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To get loose or free from; elude.

Slipped his pursuers.

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To fail to be remembered by.

Her name slips my memory.

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To release, loose, or unfasten.

Slip a knot.

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To unleash or free (a dog or hawk) to pursue game.
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The act or an instance of slipping or sliding.
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(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.
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A pillowcase.
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The difference between optimal and actual output in a mechanical device.
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A sideways movement of an airplane when banked too far.
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An error in conduct or thinking; a mistake.
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A slight error or oversight, as in speech or writing.

A slip of the tongue.

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A docking place for a ship between two piers.
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A slipway.
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A half-slip.
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A smooth crack at which rock strata have moved on each other.
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A small fault.
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The relative displacement of formerly adjacent points on opposite sides of a fault.
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A part of a plant cut or broken off for grafting or planting; a scion or cutting.
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A long narrow piece; a strip.
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A slender youthful person.

A slip of a child.

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A small piece of paper, especially a small form, document, or receipt.

A deposit slip.

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A narrow pew in a church.
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To make a slip from (a plant or plant part).
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Thinned potter's clay used for decorating or coating ceramics.
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Serial Line Internet Protocol.
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To pass gradually into or out of some condition, activity, habit, opinion, etc.

To slip off to sleep.

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To escape or pass from a person's memory, mind, power, grasp, etc.

To let a chance slip by.

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To move out of place by sliding; shift or slide from position.

A napkin slipping from one's lap.

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To slide accidentally on a slippery surface, lose footing, etc.
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To make a mistake; fall into error; err.
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To become worse; lose strength, ability, mental keenness, etc.
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To decline slightly; fall off.

A slipping market.

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To go, move, pass, etc. smoothly, quickly, or easily.
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To get (into or out of clothes) quickly.
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To go imperceptibly; pass unmarked.

Time slipped by.

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To cause to slip or move with a smooth, sliding motion.
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To put (on) or take (off) quickly or easily, as an article of clothing.
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To put, pass, insert, etc. quickly, deftly, or stealthily.

To slip a pill into one's mouth, to slip in a cutting remark.

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To get loose or away from (a restraint, pursuer, etc.); become free of.

The dog slipped its leash.

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To let loose (hounds) to pursue game.
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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.
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To slink (a fetus)
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To put out of joint; dislocate.
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(naut.) To free an anchored ship from (the anchor) by parting or unshackling the cable.
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To escape or pass from (the mind or memory)
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(now rare) To let pass unheeded; overlook; miss.
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A leash for a dog made so that it can be released quickly.
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A cloth cover for a pillow.
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An act of slipping, sliding, or falling down.
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A deviation or turning aside, esp. from a practice, course of conduct, etc. considered right.
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An error or mistake, esp. one made inadvertently in speaking, writing, etc.
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An accident or mishap.
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The amount or degree of operative inefficiency of a mechanical device, expressed in terms of the difference between theoretical and actual output.
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Movement of one part upon another, usually where no movement is meant to exist; play.
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(cricket) A fielder placed behind the wickets on the off side of the batter.
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(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.
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A water channel between piers or wharves, used for the docking of ships.
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A woman's sleeveless undergarment the same length as a dress, usually suspended from shoulder straps.
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A petticoat or.
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Any movement displacing parts of rock or soil masses in relation to one another; small fault or landslide.
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A smooth surface or joint where such movement has taken place.
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A stem, root, twig, etc. cut or broken off a plant and used for planting or grafting; cutting; scion.
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A young, slim person.

A mere slip of a girl.

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A long, thin piece or strip, as of cloth.
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A small piece of paper, esp. one prepared for a specific use.

An order slip.

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A narrow church pew.
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To take a slip from (a plant) for planting or grafting.
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(ceramics) Clay thinned to the consistency of cream for use in decorating or casting, or as a cement or coating.
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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.
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(ceramics) A thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
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A twig or shoot; a cutting.

A slip from a vine.

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A young person (now usually with of introducing descriptive qualifier).

She couldn't hurt a fly, young slip of a girl that she is.

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A long, thin piece of something.
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A small piece of paper, especially one longer than it is wide.
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(intransitive) To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
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(intransitive) To err.
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(intransitive) To move or fly (out of place); to shoot; often with out, off, etc.

A bone may slip out of place.

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To pass (a note, money, etc.) often covertly.

She thanked the porter and slipped a ten-dollar bill into his hand.

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To cause to move smoothly and quickly; to slide; to convey gently or secretly.
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(intransitive) To move quickly and often secretively; to depart, withdraw, enter, appear, intrude, or escape as if by sliding.

Some errors slipped into the appendix.

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(intransitive, figuratively) To move down; to slide.

Profits have slipped over the past six months.

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(falconry) To release (a dog, a bird of prey, etc.) to go after a quarry.
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(cooking) To remove the skin of a soft fruit, such as a tomato or peach, by blanching briefly in boiling water, then transferring to cold water so that the skin peels, or slips, off easily.
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To cut slips from; to cut; to take off; to make a slip or slips of.

To slip a piece of cloth or paper.

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To cause to slip or slide off, or out of place.

A horse slips his bridle; a dog slips his collar.

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To bring forth (young) prematurely; to slink.
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An act or instance of slipping.

I had a slip on the ice and bruised my hip.

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A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress; a shift.
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A slip of the tongue.

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(nautical) A berth; a space for a ship to moor.
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(nautical) A difference between the theoretical distance traveled per revolution of the propeller and the actual advance of the vessel.
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(medicine) A one-time return to previous maladaptive behaviour after cure.
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(cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
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A number between 0 and 1 that is the difference between the angular speed of a rotating magnetic field and the angular speed of its rotor, divided by the angular speed of the magnetic field.
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A leash or string by which a dog is held; so called from its being made in such a manner as to slip, or become loose, by relaxation of the hand.
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An escape; a secret or unexpected desertion.

He gave the warden the slip and escaped from the prison.

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(printing, dated) A portion of the columns of a newspaper etc. struck off by itself; a proof from a column of type when set up and in the galley.
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(dated) A child's pinafore.
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An outside covering or case.

A pillow slip.

The slip or sheath of a sword.

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Matter found in troughs of grindstones after the grinding of edge tools.

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A particular quantity of yarn.
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(UK, dated) A narrow passage between buildings.
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(US) A long seat or narrow pew in churches, often without a door.
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(mining) A dislocation of a lead, destroying continuity.

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(engineering) The motion of the centre of resistance of the float of a paddle wheel, or the blade of an oar, through the water horizontally, or the difference between a vessel's actual speed and the speed it would have if the propelling instrument acted upon a solid; also, the velocity, relatively to still water, of the backward current of water produced by the propeller.
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A fish, the sole.
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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.

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To go quietly or secretly; move without attracting notice.

To slip out of a room.

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(slang) give (someone) the slip
  • To escape the pursuit of.
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let slip
  • To say inadvertently.
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(informal) slip one over on
  • To hoodwink; trick.
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give someone the slip
  • to evade or escape from someone
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let slip
  • to say or reveal without intending to
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slip one over on
  • to trick; hoodwink; cheat
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slip up
  • to make a mistake, esp. a careless one
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
slip
Plural:
slips

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of slip

  • Middle English slippen probably of Middle Low German or Middle Dutch origin lei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English slime from Old English slypa sleubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch slippe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Middle Dutch slippe or Middle Low German slippe. Compare Dutch slip, German Schlippe.

    From Wiktionary

  • Apparently from Middle Low German slippen (Dutch slippen, German schlippen).

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English slype, of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary