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dribble

[drib-uh l] /ˈdrɪb əl/
verb (used without object), dribbled, dribbling.
1.
to fall or flow in drops or small quantities; trickle.
2.
to drivel; slaver.
3.
Sports. to advance a ball or puck by bouncing it or giving it a series of short kicks or pushes.
verb (used with object), dribbled, dribbling.
4.
to let fall in drops.
5.
Sports.
  1. Basketball. to bounce (the ball) as in advancing or keeping control of it.
  2. (especially in ice hockey and soccer) to move (the ball or puck) along by a rapid succession of short kicks or pushes.
noun
6.
a small trickling stream or a drop.
7.
a small quantity of anything:
a dribble of revenue.
8.
Sports. an act or instance of dribbling a ball or puck.
9.
Scot. a drizzle; a light rain.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; frequentative of obsolete drib (v.), probably variant of drip
Related forms
dribbler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dribble

dribble

/ˈdrɪbəl/
verb
1.
(usually intransitive) to flow or allow to flow in a thin stream or drops; trickle
2.
(intransitive) to allow saliva to trickle from the mouth
3.
(in soccer, basketball, hockey, etc) to propel (the ball) by repeatedly tapping it with the hand, foot, or stick
noun
4.
a small quantity of liquid falling in drops or flowing in a thin stream
5.
a small quantity or supply
6.
an act or instance of dribbling
Derived Forms
dribbler, noun
dribbly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: frequentative of drib, variant of drip
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Word Origin and History for dribble
v.

1580s, frequentative of obsolete verb drib (1520s), variant of drip (v.). Sports sense first used of soccer (1863), basketball sense is by 1892 (implied in dribbling). Related: Dribbled; dribbling. As a noun from 1670s.

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