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Definition of "slip" []

  • To move smoothly, easily, and quietly: slipped into bed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move stealthily; steal. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pass gradually, easily, or imperceptibly: "It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by” ( Vita Sackville-West). (verb-intransitive)
  • To slide involuntarily and lose one's balance or foothold. See Synonyms at slide. (verb-intransitive)
  • To slide out of place; shift position: The gear slipped. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or cause to move smoothly and easily (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 place, insert, or convey quickly or stealthily (verb)
  • To put on or take off easily or quickly (verb)
  • To lose balance and slide unexpectedly (verb)
  • To let loose or be let loose (verb)
  • To be released from (something); escape (verb)
  • To let go (mooring or anchor lines) over the side (verb)
  • To pass out of (the mind or memory) (verb)
  • To overlook, neglect, or miss (verb)
  • To move or pass swiftly or unperceived (verb)
  • To make a mistake (verb)
  • To cause (an aircraft) to slide sideways or (of an aircraft) to slide sideways (verb)
  • To decline in health, mental ability, etc (verb)
  • (of an intervertebral disc) to become displaced from the normal position (verb)
  • To dislocate (a bone) (verb)
  • (of animals) to give birth to (offspring) prematurely (verb)
  • To pass (a stitch) from one needle to another without knitting it (verb)
  • To operate (the clutch of a motor vehicle) so that it partially disengages (verb)
  • (of the clutch of a motor vehicle) to fail to engage, esp as a result of wear (verb)
  • The act or an instance of slipping (noun)
  • A mistake or oversight (noun)
  • A moral lapse or failing (noun)
  • A woman's sleeveless undergarment, worn as a lining for and to give support to a dress (noun)
  • A narrow space between two piers in which vessels may dock (noun)
  • A kind of dog lead that allows for the quick release of the dog (noun)
  • A small block of hard steel of known thickness used for measurement, usually forming one of a set (noun)
  • The ratio between output speed and input speed of a transmission device when subtracted from unity, esp of a drive belt or clutch that is not transmitting full power (noun)
  • The position of the fielder who stands a little way behind and to the offside of the wicketkeeper (noun)
  • The fielder himself (noun)
  • The relative movement of rocks along a fault plane (noun)
  • A landslide, esp one blocking a road or railway line (noun)
  • The deformation of a metallic crystal caused when one part glides over another part along a plane (noun)
  • The deviation of a propeller from its helical path through a fluid, expressed as the difference between its actual forward motion and its theoretical forward motion in one revolution (noun)

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Use "slip" in a sentence
  • "He tried to recall the word infection, chided himself for letting so crucial a term slip from his memory."
  • "Mom muttered, “Watch your language, Poppy,” her programmed response any time I let a curse word slip out in her presence."
  • "Our acclimatization to such metaphorical wars lets the use of the term slip past our censors without real scrutiny of the implications."