Slip by


1 [slip]
verb (used without object), slipped or (Archaic) slipt; slipped; slipping.
to move, flow, pass, or go smoothly or easily; glide; slide: Water slips off a smooth surface.
to slide suddenly or involuntarily; to lose one's foothold, as on a smooth surface: She slipped on the icy ground.
to move, slide, or start gradually from a place or position: His hat had slipped over his eyes.
to slide out of or become disengaged from a fastening, the grasp, etc.: The soap slipped from my hand.
to pass without having been acted upon or used; be lost; get away: to let an opportunity slip.
to pass from the mind, memory, or consciousness.
to elapse or pass quickly or imperceptibly (often followed by away or by ): The years slipped by.
to become involved or absorbed easily: to slip into a new way of life.
to move or go quietly, cautiously, or unobtrusively: to slip out of a room.
to put on or take off a garment easily or quickly: She slipped on the new sweater. He slipped off his shoes.
to make a mistake or error: As far as I know, you haven't slipped once.
to fall below a standard or accustomed level, or to decrease in quantity or quality; decline; deteriorate: His work slipped last year.
to be said or revealed inadvertently (usually followed by out ): The words just slipped out.
to read, study, consider, etc., without attention: He slipped over the most important part.
Aeronautics. (of an aircraft when excessively banked) to slide sideways, toward the center of the curve described in turning. Compare skid ( def 15 ).
verb (used with object), slipped or (Archaic) slipt; slipped; slipping.
to cause to move, pass, go, etc., with a smooth, easy, or sliding motion.
to put, place, pass, insert, or withdraw quickly or stealthily: to slip a letter into a person's hand.
to put on or take off (a garment) easily or quickly: He slipped the shirt over his head.
to let or make (something) slide out of a fastening, the hold, etc.: I slipped the lock, and the door creaked open.
to release from a leash, harness, etc., as a hound or a hawk.
to get away or free oneself from; escape (a pursuer, restraint, leash, etc.): The cow slipped its halter.
to untie or undo (a knot).
Nautical. to let go entirely, as an anchor cable or an anchor.
to pass from or escape (one's memory, attention, knowledge, etc.).
to dislocate; put out of joint or position: I slipped a disk in my back.
to shed or cast: The rattlesnake slipped its skin.
to ignore, pass over, or omit, as in speaking or writing.
to let pass unheeded; neglect or miss.
Boxing. to evade or avoid (a blow) by moving or turning the body quickly: He slipped a right and countered with a hard left.
(of animals) to bring forth (offspring) prematurely.
British. to detach (a railway car) from a moving train as it passes through a station.
an act or instance of slipping.
a sudden losing of one's foothold, as on slippery ground.
a mistake in judgment; blunder.
a mistake or oversight, as in speaking or writing, especially a small one due to carelessness: a minor slip in addition; a slip of the tongue.
an error in conduct; indiscretion.
something easily slipped on or off.
a decline or fall in quantity, quality, extent, etc., or from a standard or accustomed level: a slip in prices.
a woman's undergarment, sleeveless and usually having shoulder straps, extending from above the bust down to the hemline of the outer dress.
an underskirt, as a half-slip or petticoat.
a pillowcase.
an inclined plane, sloping to the water, on which vessels are built or repaired.
Nautical. the difference between the speed at which a screw propeller or paddle wheel would move if it were working against a solid and the actual speed at which it advances through the water.
a space between two wharves or in a dock for vessels to lie in.
Electricity. the difference between the synchronous and the operating speeds of a motor.
the difference between output speed and input or theoretical speed in certain fluid or electromagnetic devices, as couplings or motors.
(in pumps) the difference between the actual volume of water or other liquid delivered by a pump during one complete stroke and the theoretical volume as determined by calculation of the displacement.
unintended movement or play between mechanical parts or the like.
the position of a fielder who stands behind and to the offside of the wicketkeeper.
the fielder playing this position.
the relative displacement of formerly adjacent points on opposite sides of a fault, measured along the fault plane.
a small fault.
Also called glide. Metallurgy. plastic deformation of one part of a metallic crystal relative to the other part due to shearing action.
Verb phrases
slip away,
to depart quietly or unobtrusively; steal off.
to recede; slowly vanish: All those facts I had memorized just slipped away.
slip up, to make an error; fail: I slipped up and put the letter in the wrong envelope.
give someone the slip, to elude a pursuer; escape: The murderer gave the police the slip.
let slip, to reveal unintentionally: to let slip the truth.
slip a cog. cog1 ( def 6 ).
slip between the cracks. crack ( def 54 ).
slip someone's mind, to be forgotten: I was supposed to phone, but it slipped my mind.
slip something over on, to deceive; defraud; trick. Also, slip one over on.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English slippen < Middle Dutch slippen; cognate with Old High German slipfen; (noun) late Middle English slippe, derivative of or akin to the v.; compare Old High German slipf a sliding, slipping, error; akin to slipper2

slipless, adjective
slippingly, adverb

1, 2. slither. See slide. 11. err, blunder. 35. error, fault. See mistake. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To slip by
World English Dictionary
slip1 (slɪp)
vb (when intr, often foll by from or out of) (sometimes foll by up) , slips, slipping, slipped
1.  to move or cause to move smoothly and easily
2.  (tr) to place, insert, or convey quickly or stealthily
3.  (tr) to put on or take off easily or quickly: to slip on a sweater
4.  (intr) to lose balance and slide unexpectedly: he slipped on the ice
5.  to let loose or be let loose
6.  to be released from (something); escape
7.  (tr) to let go (mooring or anchor lines) over the side
8.  to pass out of (the mind or memory)
9.  (tr) to overlook, neglect, or miss: to slip an opportunity
10.  (intr) to move or pass swiftly or unperceived: to slip quietly out of the room
11.  to make a mistake
12.  Also: sideslip to cause (an aircraft) to slide sideways or (of an aircraft) to slide sideways
13.  (intr) to decline in health, mental ability, etc
14.  (intr) (of an intervertebral disc) to become displaced from the normal position
15.  (tr) to dislocate (a bone)
16.  (of animals) to give birth to (offspring) prematurely
17.  (tr) to pass (a stitch) from one needle to another without knitting it
18.  a.  (tr) to operate (the clutch of a motor vehicle) so that it partially disengages
 b.  (intr) (of the clutch of a motor vehicle) to fail to engage, esp as a result of wear
19.  let slip
 a.  to allow to escape
 b.  to say unintentionally
20.  slang slip one over on to hoodwink or trick
21.  the act or an instance of slipping
22.  a mistake or oversight: a slip of the pen
23.  a moral lapse or failing
24.  a woman's sleeveless undergarment, worn as a lining for and to give support to a dress
25.  (US), (Canadian) a narrow space between two piers in which vessels may dock
26.  See slipway
27.  a kind of dog lead that allows for the quick release of the dog
28.  a small block of hard steel of known thickness used for measurement, usually forming one of a set
29.  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
30.  cricket
 a.  the position of the fielder who stands a little way behind and to the offside of the wicketkeeper
 b.  the fielder himself
31.  the relative movement of rocks along a fault plane
32.  a landslide, esp one blocking a road or railway line
33.  metallurgy, crystallog the deformation of a metallic crystal caused when one part glides over another part along a plane
34.  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
35.  another name for sideslip
36.  give someone the slip to elude or escape from someone
[C13: from Middle Low German or Dutch slippen]

slip2 (slɪp)
1.  a narrow piece; strip
2.  a small piece of paper: a receipt slip
3.  a part of a plant that, when detached from the parent, will grow into a new plant; cutting; scion
4.  a young slender person: a slip of a child
5.  dialect a young pig
6.  printing
 a.  a long galley
 b.  a less common name for a galley proof
7.  chiefly (US) a pew or similar long narrow seat
8.  a small piece of abrasive material of tapering section used in honing
vb , slips, slipping, slipped
9.  (tr) to detach (portions of stem, etc) from (a plant) for propagation
[C15: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slippe to cut, strip]

slip3 (slɪp)
clay mixed with water to a creamy consistency, used for decorating or patching a ceramic piece
[Old English slyppe slime; related to Norwegian slipa slime on fish; see slop1]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to escape, to move softly and quickly," from M.L.G. slippen "to glide, slide," from P.Gmc. *slipanan (cf. O.H.G. slifan, M.Du. slippen, Ger. schleifen "to glide, slide"), from PIE *sleib- "slimy, slippery," from base *(s)lei- "slimy, sticky, slippery" (see slime).
Meaning "to lose one's footing" is from c.1340. The noun meaning "woman's sleeveless garment" is first recorded 1761. Meaning "mistake, minor fault" is from 1620. To give (someone) the slip is from 1567. To slip up "make a mistake" is from 1855; to slip through the net "evade detection" is from 1902. Slip-knot first attested 1659. Slip-stream is from 1913.

"narrow strip," 1440, probably from M.L.G. or M.Du. slippe "cut, slit," possibly related to O.E. toslifan "to split, cleave." Sense of "sprig for planting or grafting" first recorded in 1495; that of "young slender person" (a slip of a girl) in 1582; that of "narrow piece of paper" (e.g. pink slip) in
1687. Meaning "boat ramp" is from 1769. The meaning "potter's clay" is a different word, from O.E. slyppe "slime," related to slupan "to slip."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
Serial Line Internet Protocol
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature