dip meaning

[ dip ] Pronunciation:   "dip" in a sentence
  • Verb: dip (dipped,dipping)  dip
    1. Immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
      "dip the garment into the cleaning solution"; "dip the brush into the paint"
      - dunk, souse, plunge, douse 
    2. Dip into a liquid while eating
      - dunk 
    3. Go down momentarily
      "Prices dipped" 
    4. Stain an object by immersing it in a liquid 
    5. Take a small amount from
      "I had to dip into my savings to buy him this present" 
    6. Switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
      - dim 
    7. Lower briefly
      "She dipped her knee" 
    8. Appear to move downward
      "The sun dipped below the horizon"
      - sink 
    9. Slope downwards
      "Our property dips towards the river" 
    10. Dip into a liquid
      "He dipped into the pool"
      - douse, duck 
    11. Place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax 
    12. Immerse in a disinfectant solution
      "dip the sheep" 
    13. Plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container
      "He dipped into his pocket" 
    14. Scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
      "dip water out of a container"
    Noun: dip  dip
    1. A depression in an otherwise level surface
      "there was a dip in the road" 
    2. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
      - angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination 
    3. A thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places
      - pickpocket, cutpurse 
    4. Tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped 
    5. A brief immersion 
    6. A sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
      "a dip in prices"
      - drop, fall, free fall 
    7. A candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow 
    8. A brief swim in water
      - plunge 
    9. A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms

    Derived forms: dipping, dips, dipped

    See also: dipper

    Type of: angle, bring down, candle, change intensity, condiment, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, decline, decrease, decrement, depression, draw, draw off, eat, get down, go down, gymnastic exercise, immerse, immersion, impression, imprint, incline, let down, lift out, lower, pitch, plunge, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, slope, stain, stealer, submergence, submerging, submersion, swim, swimming, take down, take out, take up, taper, thief, wane, wax light, withdraw

    Encyclopedia: Dip

  • [American slang]
    n. a drunkard. (From dipsomaniac.)
    • Buy the dip a drink. That'll shut him up for a while.
    • She's sort of a closet dipso.

  • [Architecture]

    Of a trap, 1 the lowest portion of the inside top surface of the channel through the trap.


  • [Business]
    verb, noun

    verb [no obj] (-pp-) dip (from sth) (to/below sth)

    to go down in value or level, especially by a small amount or for a short period of time:

    Sales of furniture have started to dip.

    Profits dipped slightly to $5.4 million from $5.7 million.

    The share price dipped 4.5%.

    Inflation could dip below the 2% level.

    There are fears that the economy could dip back into recession.


    dip into your pocket (informal)

    to spend some of your money on sth:

    Online holiday shoppers are expected to dip into their pockets more this year.

    She was forced to dip into her own pocket to pay for the repairs.

    dip a toe in/into sth; dip a toe in/into the water

    to start doing sth very carefully to see if it will be successful or not:

    Some investors are now prepared to dip a toe in riskier markets.


    dip into sth

    to take an amount from money that has been saved:

    The government has had to dip into emergency funds.

    We took out a loan for the car because we didn't want to dip into our savings.

    noun [C]


    a decrease in the amount or success of sth, usually for only a short period:

    They reported a 5% dip in profits from £8.1 million to £7.7 million.

    The survey reveals a slight dip in consumer confidence.

    I always try to buy on the dips (= buy shares, bonds, etc. when prices fall).

    The index recovered after an initial dip to 3 580 points.

    a big/brief/sharp/slight/small/ an unexpected dip

  • [Defence]
    (*) In naval mine warfare, the amount by which a moored mine is carried beneath its set depth by a current or tidal stream acting on the mine casing and mooring.
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  1. dip it in in warm water for a few hours.
  2. the dips of the cross-strata are irregular.
  3. i shall see on which side the balance dips.
  4. plunge is the dip of a line.
  5. at a surface exposure the host rock dips steeply to the east.

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