tip

1 [tip]
noun
1.
a slender or pointed end or extremity, especially of anything long or tapered: the tips of the fingers.
2.
the top, summit, or apex: the tip of the mountain.
3.
a small piece or part, as of metal or leather, forming or covering the extremity of something: a cane with a rubber tip.
4.
Also called tip-in, tip-on. an insert, as an illustration, map, or errata slip, pasted to a page of a book, magazine, etc., usually along the binding margin.
5.
a small, delicate tool made of fine hair cemented between two cards, for applying gold leaf.
verb (used with object), tipped, tipping.
6.
to furnish with a tip.
7.
to serve as or form the tip of.
8.
to mark or adorn the tip of.
9.
to remove the tip or stem of (berries or certain fruits or vegetables).
10.
to frost the ends of (hair strands): I'm having my hair cut and tipped tomorrow.
Verb phrases
11.
tip in, Bookbinding. to paste the inner margin of (a map, illustration, or other plate) into a signature before gathering.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English; compare Dutch, Low German, Danish tip, Swedish tipp, German zipf- in Zipfel tip

tipless, adjective
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tip

2 [tip]
verb (used with object), tipped, tipping.
1.
to cause to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline; tilt.
2.
to overturn, upset, or overthrow (often followed by over ).
3.
to remove or lift (one's hat or cap) in salutation.
4.
British. to dispose of by dumping: The dustmen tipped the rubbish on the municipal dump.
verb (used without object), tipped, tipping.
5.
to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline.
6.
to tilt up at one end and down at the other; slant.
7.
to be overturned or upset: The car tipped into the ditch.
8.
to tumble or topple (usually followed by over ): The lamp on the table tipped over.
noun
9.
the act of tipping.
10.
the state of being tipped.
11.
British.
a.
a dump for refuse, as that from a mine.
b.
Informal. an untidy place, especially a room: They must have packed and left in a rush, because the place is an absolute tip.
Idioms
12.
tip one's hand, to reveal one's plans, true feelings, etc., often unintentionally.

Origin:
1300–50; earlier tipen, Middle English typen to upset, overturn

tippable, adjective
untippable, adjective

tip

3 [tip]
noun
1.
a small present of money given directly to someone for performing a service or menial task; gratuity: He gave the waiter a dollar as a tip.
2.
a piece of private or secret information, as for use in betting, speculating, or writing a news story: a tip from a bookie.
3.
a useful hint or idea; a basic, practical fact: tips on painting.
verb (used with object), tipped, tipping.
4.
to give a gratuity to.
verb (used without object), tipped, tipping.
5.
to give a gratuity: She tipped lavishly.
Verb phrases
6.
tip off, Informal.
a.
to supply with private or secret information; inform.
b.
to warn of impending danger or trouble; caution beforehand: The moonshiners had been tipped off that they were about to be raided.

Origin:
1600–10; perhaps special use of tip4

tipless, adjective
tippable, adjective


3. suggestion, pointer.

tip

4 [tip]
noun
1.
a light, smart blow; tap.
2.
Baseball. a batted ball that glances off the bat. Compare foul tip.
verb (used with object), tipped, tipping.
3.
to strike or hit with a light, smart blow; tap.
4.
Baseball. to strike (the ball) with a glancing blow.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (noun); perhaps < Low German; compare German tippen to tap < Low German

O'Neill

[oh-neel]
noun
1.
Eugene (Gladstone) 1888–1953, U.S. playwright: Nobel prize 1936.
2.
Thomas P(hilip) ("Tip") 1912–1994, U.S. politician: congressman 1953–87; speaker of the House 1977–87.
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O'Neill (əʊˈniːl)
 
n
Eugene (Gladstone). 1888--1953, US dramatist. His works, which are notable for their emotional power and psychological analysis, include Desire under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (1928), Mourning becomes Elektra (1931), Long Day's Journey into Night (1941), and The Iceman Cometh (1946): Nobel prize for literature 1936

tip1 (tɪp)
 
n
1.  the extreme end of something, esp a narrow or pointed end
2.  the top or summit
3.  a small piece forming an extremity or end: a metal tip on a cane
 
vb , tips, tipping, tipped
4.  to adorn or mark the tip of
5.  to cause to form a tip
 
[C15: from Old Norse typpa; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tip]
 
'tipless1
 
adj

tip2 (tɪp)
 
vb (usually foll by over or up) , tips, tipping, tipped
1.  to tilt or cause to tilt
2.  to tilt or cause to tilt, so as to overturn or fall
3.  (Brit) to dump (rubbish, etc)
4.  tip one's hat to take off, raise, or touch one's hat in salutation
 
n
5.  the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
6.  (Brit) a dump for refuse, etc
 
[C14: of uncertain origin; related to top1, topple]
 
'tippable2
 
adj

tip3 (tɪp)
 
n
1.  a payment given for services in excess of the standard charge; gratuity
2.  a helpful hint, warning, or other piece of information
3.  a piece of inside information, esp in betting or investing
 
vb , tips, tipping, tipped
4.  to give a tip to (a person)
 
[C18: perhaps from tip4]

tip4 (tɪp)
 
vb , tips, tipping, tipped
1.  to hit or strike lightly
2.  to hit (a ball) indirectly so that it glances off the bat in cricket
 
n
3.  a light blow
4.  a glancing hit in cricket
 
[C13: perhaps from Low German tippen]

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Word Origin & History

tip
"to slope, overturn," c.1300, possibly from Scand., or a special use of tip (n.). Intransitive sense of "fall over" is recorded from 1530.

tip
"end, point, top," early 13c., from M.L.G. or M.Du. tip "utmost point, extremity, tip" (cf. Ger. zipfel, a dim. formation); perhaps cognate with O.E. tæppa "stopper" (see tap (n.)), from P.Gmc. *tupp- "upper extremity." Tip-toe (n.) is late 14c.; tip-top is from 1702.

tip
"give a small present of money to," 1610, "to give, hand, pass," originally thieves' cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) "to tap." The meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the meaning "piece of confidential information" is from 1845;
the verb in this sense is from 1883; tipster first recorded 1862.

tip
"light, sharp blow or tap," c.1466, possibly from Low Ger. tippen "to poke, touch lightly," related to M.L.G. tip "end, point," and thus connected to tip (n.); or else connected with tap (v.) "to strike lightly." The noun in this sense is attested from 1567.
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Computing Dictionary

TIP definition


1. Texas Instruments Pascal.
2. A Unix program for interactive communication via serial lines.
Unix manual page: tip(1).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
TIP
  1. technology investment plan

  2. total inorganic phosphate

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Idioms & Phrases

tip

In addition to the idioms beginning with tip, also see from head (tip) to toe; on the tip of one's tongue.

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Example sentences
One tip is to post one or two good photos of the car and post as much
  information about the car as possible.
Epidemics tip because of the extraordinary efforts of a few select carriers.
The tip creates a personal relationship between the customer and someone who
  serves the customer.
It is customary to tip guides a couple of euros, and porters generally expect a
  euro per bag.
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