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Definition of "dip" []

  • To plunge briefly into a liquid, as in order to wet, coat, or saturate. (verb-transitive)
  • To color or dye by immersing: dip Easter eggs. (verb-transitive)
  • To immerse (a sheep or other animal) in a disinfectant solution. (verb-transitive)
  • To form (a candle) by repeatedly immersing a wick in melted wax or tallow. (verb-transitive)
  • To galvanize or plate (metal) by immersion. (verb-transitive)
  • To plunge or be plunged quickly or briefly into a liquid, esp to wet or coat (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To undergo a slight decline, esp temporarily (verb)
  • To slope downwards (verb)
  • To sink or appear to sink quickly (verb)
  • To switch (car headlights) from the main to the lower beam (verb)
  • To immerse (poultry, sheep, etc) briefly in a liquid chemical to rid them of or prevent infestation by insects, etc (verb)
  • To immerse (grain, vegetables, or wood) in a preservative liquid (verb)
  • To stain or dye by immersing in a liquid (verb)
  • To baptize (someone) by immersion (verb)
  • To plate or galvanize (a metal, etc) by immersion in an electrolyte or electrolytic cell (verb)
  • To scoop up (a liquid or something from a liquid) in the hands or in a container (verb)
  • To lower or be lowered briefly (verb)
  • To make (a candle) by plunging the wick into melted wax (verb)
  • To plunge a container, the hands, etc, into something, esp to obtain or retrieve an object (verb)
  • To dabble (in); play (at) (verb)
  • (of an aircraft) to drop suddenly and then regain height (verb)
  • (of a rock stratum or mineral vein) to slope downwards from the horizontal (verb)
  • (in children's games) to select a leader, etc by reciting any of various rhymes (verb)
  • To pick (a person's) pocket (verb)
  • The act of dipping or state of being dipped (noun)
  • A brief swim in water (noun)
  • Any liquid chemical preparation in which poultry, sheep, etc are dipped (noun)
  • Any liquid preservative into which objects, esp of wood, are dipped (noun)
  • A preparation of dyeing agents into which fabric is immersed (noun)
  • A depression, esp in a landscape (noun)
  • Something taken up by dipping (noun)
  • A container used for dipping; dipper (noun)
  • A momentary sinking down (noun)
  • The angle of slope of rock strata, fault planes, etc, from the horizontal plane (noun)
  • The angle between the direction of the earth's magnetic field and the plane of the horizon; the angle that a magnetic needle free to swing in a vertical plane makes with the horizontal (noun)
  • A creamy mixture into which pieces of food are dipped before being eaten (noun)
  • The angular distance of the horizon below the plane of observation (noun)
  • A candle made by plunging a wick repeatedly into wax (noun)
  • A momentary loss of altitude when flying (noun)
  • (in gymnastics) a chinning exercise on the parallel bars (noun)

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Use "dip" in a sentence
  • "Thank you very much; "and the water went on saying" _Gather gather, all right, dip dip_. ""
  • "Brzezinski actually made a similar slip of her own earlier this year, fumbling with the word "dip.""
  • "O'Byrne says that an increase in risk appetite once a debt deal is done in the U.S. might weigh on prices but that this would be a short term dip."