1 [dip]
verb (used with object), dipped or (Archaic) dipt; dipping.
to plunge (something, as a cloth or sponge) temporarily into a liquid, so as to moisten it, dye it, or cause it to take up some of the liquid: He dipped the brush into the paint bucket.
to raise or take up by a bailing, scooping, or ladling action: to dip water out of a boat; to dip ice cream from a container.
to lower and raise: to dip a flag in salutation.
to immerse (a sheep, hog, etc.) in a solution to destroy germs, parasites, or the like.
to make (a candle) by repeatedly plunging a wick into melted tallow or wax.
Nautical. to lower and rehoist (a yard of a lugsail) when coming about in tacking.
Archaic. to baptize by immersion.
Obsolete. to moisten or wet as if by immersion.
verb (used without object), dipped or (Archaic) dipt; dipping.
to plunge into water or other liquid and emerge quickly: The boat dipped into the waves.
to put the hand, a dipper, etc., down into a liquid or a container, especially in order to remove something (often followed by in or into ): He dipped into the jar for an olive.
to withdraw something, especially in small amounts (usually followed by in or into ): to dip into savings.
to sink or drop down: The sun dipped below the horizon.
to incline or slope downward: At that point the road dips into a valley.
to decrease slightly or temporarily: Stock-market prices often dip on Fridays.
to engage slightly in a subject (often followed by in or into ): to dip into astronomy.
to read here and there in a book, subject, or author's work (often followed by in or into ): to dip into Plato.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to take snuff.
the act of dipping.
that which is taken up by dipping.
a quantity taken up by dipping; the amount that a scoop, ladle, dipper, etc., will hold.
a scoop of ice cream.
Chiefly Northern U.S. a liquid or soft substance into which something is dipped.
a creamy mixture of savory foods for scooping with potato chips, crackers, and the like, often served as an hors d'oeuvre, especially with cocktails.
a momentary lowering; a sinking down.
a moderate or temporary decrease: a dip in stock-market prices.
a downward extension, inclination, slope, or course.
the amount of such extension.
a hollow or depression in the land.
a brief swim: She took a dip in the ocean and then sat on the beach for an hour.
Geology, Mining. the downward inclination of a vein or stratum with reference to the horizontal.
the angular amount by which the horizon lies below the level of the eye.
Also called angle of dip, inclination, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination. the angle that a freely rotating magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon.
a short, downward plunge, as of an airplane.
a candle made by repeatedly dipping a wick into melted tallow or wax.
Gymnastics. an exercise on the parallel bars in which the elbows are bent until the chin is on a level with the bars, and then the body is elevated by straightening the arms.
Slang. a pickpocket.
at the dip, Nautical. not fully raised; halfway up the halyard: an answering pennant flown at the dip. Compare close ( def 75b ).

before 1000; Middle English dippen (v.), Old English dyppan; akin to German taufen to baptize, and to deep

dippable, adjective, noun
undipped, adjective

1. duck. Dip, immerse, plunge refer to putting something into liquid. To dip is to put down into a liquid quickly or partially and lift out again: to dip a finger into water to test the temperature. Immerse denotes a lowering into a liquid until covered by it: to immerse meat in salt water. Plunge adds a suggestion of force or suddenness to the action of dipping: to plunge a chicken into boiling water before stripping off the feathers. 2. scoop. 9. dive. Unabridged
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dip (dɪp)
vb (often foll by for) , dips, dipping, dipped
1.  to plunge or be plunged quickly or briefly into a liquid, esp to wet or coat
2.  (intr) to undergo a slight decline, esp temporarily: sales dipped in November
3.  (intr) to slope downwards: the land dips towards the river
4.  (intr) to sink or appear to sink quickly: the sun dipped below the horizon
5.  (tr) US and Canadian word: dim to switch (car headlights) from the main to the lower beam
6.  (tr)
 a.  to immerse (poultry, sheep, etc) briefly in a liquid chemical to rid them of or prevent infestation by insects, etc
 b.  to immerse (grain, vegetables, or wood) in a preservative liquid
7.  (tr) to stain or dye by immersing in a liquid
8.  (tr) to baptize (someone) by immersion
9.  (tr) to plate or galvanize (a metal, etc) by immersion in an electrolyte or electrolytic cell
10.  (tr) to scoop up a liquid or something from a liquid in the hands or in a container
11.  to lower or be lowered briefly: she dipped her knee in a curtsy
12.  (tr) to make (a candle) by plunging the wick into melted wax
13.  (intr) to plunge a container, the hands, etc, into something, esp to obtain or retrieve an object: he dipped in his pocket for money
14.  (intr; foll by in or into) to dabble (in); play (at): he dipped into black magic
15.  (intr) (of an aircraft) to drop suddenly and then regain height
16.  (intr) (of a rock stratum or mineral vein) to slope downwards from the horizontal
17.  (in children's games) to select (a leader, etc) by reciting any of various rhymes
18.  slang (tr) to pick (a person's) pocket
19.  the act of dipping or state of being dipped
20.  a brief swim in water
21.  a.  any liquid chemical preparation in which poultry, sheep, etc are dipped
 b.  any liquid preservative into which objects, esp of wood, are dipped
22.  a preparation of dyeing agents into which fabric is immersed
23.  a depression, esp in a landscape
24.  something taken up by dipping
25.  a container used for dipping; dipper
26.  a momentary sinking down
27.  the angle of slope of rock strata, fault planes, etc, from the horizontal plane
28.  angle of dip, magnetic dip, Also called: inclination 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
29.  a creamy mixture into which pieces of food are dipped before being eaten
30.  surveying the angular distance of the horizon below the plane of observation
31.  a candle made by plunging a wick repeatedly into wax
32.  a momentary loss of altitude when flying
33.  (in gymnastics) a chinning exercise on the parallel bars
34.  a slang word for pickpocket
[Old English dyppan; related to Old High German tupfen to wash, German taufen to baptize; see deep]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dyppan "immerse, baptize by immersion," from P.Gmc. *dupjanan, related to diepan "immerse, dip." Sense of "downward slope" is 1708. Meaning "sweet sauce for pudding, etc." first recorded 1825. Dipper, the popular U.S. name for the asterism known in Britain as The Plough or Charles' Wain, is attested
from 1842.
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  1. The downward inclination of a rock stratum or vein in reference to the plane of the horizon.

  2. See magnetic inclination.

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