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dip

I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
lucky dip
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
below
▪ If player salaries dipped below 50 percent of total revenues, then the tax would disappear.
▪ Rates are expected to dip below 30 percent in coming weeks.
▪ Since 1992, on the other hand, it has been less than 20 each year and has dipped below 17 twice.
▪ Once the dollar dips below 104 yen, it could fall close to 103 yen, Morikuni said.
▪ The rate has not dipped below 9 percent since 1990.
▪ Unemployment even dipped below 3 percent.
down
▪ Jay watched her go, dip down, dip up, over the edge of the guttering.
▪ After ten minutes the road curved west and dipped down into a shallow ravine.
▪ The south side of the cut dips down into a beautiful hollow of vines, all but the lowest locations being ideally situated.
▪ They walk on the street and dip down to take an angled shot up from ankle level.
▪ He made a pass across the small cluster of dwellings, wheeled and dipped down for a second pass.
▪ After a while the bucket dips down twenty feet into the vat for oil.
▪ Beyond the farm, track dips down to gate and bends left.
▪ The plane dipped down and its starboard wing hit the water, flinging off Mr Treweek.
in
▪ The wire leading to pin 3 is then dipped in to give a pulse.
▪ He dipped in and out of it and sometimes when he awoke he found his body had been moved.
▪ A huge and implausible fiction - yes, but I dipped in for cursory inspection.
▪ At his best he does not spin the ball sharply, or get it to dip in, la Warne.
sharply
▪ The flow of money into the 30-stock average dipped sharply in mid-December.
then
▪ He kissed her face, then dipped his head, lifting her hips with his hands.
▪ Dust onions with remaining 1 cup flour and then dip into the batter to coat thoroughly.
▪ Try smearing the spanner jaws with light oil, then dipping them in fine sand.
▪ The duck is then dipped in boiling water, and the skin is brushed with a syrup of malt sugar.
▪ The wire leading to pin 3 is then dipped in to give a pulse.
▪ Dip them diagonally in melted white chocolate, leave to dry, then dip the other way in plain.
■ NOUN
finger
▪ Move your hands gently away and dip your fingers into the oil.
▪ I dipped a finger into the empty water dish, then touched my tongue.
▪ An enamel pot arrived and we dipped our fingers in the sweet, gelatinous stuff.
▪ She dipped a finger in, licked it.
hand
▪ On leaving, Meredith dipped his hand into a basin of water and traced a cross on her forehead.
▪ They dip their hands in strange chemicals, for $ 5. 00 an hour, with no health insurance.
▪ Creed dipped a hand into his pocket and set the switch that would charge the Nikon's flash.
▪ Kirov dipped his hand into his pocket, pulling out the freshly stamped papers and looking at them in amazement.
▪ Casually, Kirov dipped his hand into the pocket, encountering the cold hardness of the gun.
▪ She dipped her hand into herself and shuddered, her eyes closing completely for a moment.
head
▪ Or are their blunt heads dipping to the bottom and sucking food from the sand or gravel?
▪ Place hands behind your head and dip chin to chest.
pocket
▪ Many investors do not mind this as it means they do not have to dip into their pockets to get the advice.
▪ Now we have to dip into our empty pockets where there is nothing.
▪ They merely induce wealthy collectors to dip into their pockets.
reserve
▪ The center already has dipped into its reserves and anticipates borrowing heavily from the city.
sheep
▪ And he blames sheep dip for his condition.
sun
▪ The murdering sun had dipped below the horizon, and this was the time when she could forage for food.
▪ The sun has dipped beneath the horizon, leaving behind a pink glow joined by a crescent moon.
▪ The topmost edge of the sun was about to dip beyond the North Water.
▪ She watched when the sun dipped away and let darkness come with its moon riding high and silver.
▪ The sun had dipped below the horizon, leaving only a soft golden glow in the air.
toe
▪ But here at Prima we're very happy to he dipping a toe in the internet waters in a very good cause.
▪ But dipping a toe into the contracting pond can be problematic.
▪ Best with which to dip your toes?
▪ Tentatively, some dipped their toes to test the water.
▪ But companies are beginning to dip their toes into these turbid waters.
▪ So it's an excellent time to dip a toe into the ocean of investment opportunities.
water
▪ The white blades rose and trembled like wings over the water, dipped, and rose again, scattering drops of emerald.
▪ Note that clean clock pulses are once again needed and the water dipping method described earlier works fairly well.
year
▪ Two-#year note yields dipped 2 basis points to 5. 16 percent.
▪ Since 1992, on the other hand, it has been less than 20 each year and has dipped below 17 twice.
▪ Benchmark 30-#year bond yields dipped to 6. 15 percent from 6. 19 percent yesterday.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bob/dunk/dip for apples
▪ Children from Much Marcle Primary School will be demonstrating how to bob for apples.
put/dip a toe in the water
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Dip stale bread in egg and milk and fry it in butter to make French Toast.
▪ Emily dipped her toes in the water and squealed.
▪ The temperature may dip to -10 at some places near Tahoe tonight.
▪ The trail dipped into the dark rain forest.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Betty Crocker DunkAroos are animal cracker cookies meant to be dipped in the accompanying rainbow sprinkles frosting.
▪ Mike Yarwood's career dipped as Heath's and Wilson's did.
▪ Now dip a large spoon into the soup and take out some broth.
▪ On leaving, Meredith dipped his hand into a basin of water and traced a cross on her forehead.
▪ The flow of money into the 30-stock average dipped sharply in mid-December.
▪ The murdering sun had dipped below the horizon, and this was the time when she could forage for food.
▪ This morning he didn't dip his bread and butter into it, munch and gulp, as usual.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
lucky
▪ The pundits dip haphazardly into the lucky dip.
▪ A good lucky dip, to please the sixes and upwards.
■ VERB
take
▪ It was close enough to the cottage for her to take an early morning dip or a quick swim before dinner.
▪ Whenever the government releases a particularly bad inflation report, the bond market takes a dip.
▪ Terry won't be taking a dip in the waterworld either.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bob/dunk/dip for apples
▪ Children from Much Marcle Primary School will be demonstrating how to bob for apples.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The boy fell off his bicycle when he went over a dip in the road too fast.
▪ The sauce also works well as a dip for raw vegetables.
▪ There's a dip in the road at the bottom of the hill.
▪ There's been a dip in revenue because of the recession.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Figure 4-11 shows a geologic map with formations, strikes, and dips indicated.
▪ Given the circumstances of a cheese dip, it was cheering.
▪ I have to set out the dips and Tostitos.
▪ In one dip in the mountains, where the sun has just sunk, there is a red volcanic brilliance.
▪ Karlin relates the oppressive anti-Semitism his forebears endured in a vague, almost elliptical style with dips into the stream of consciousness.
▪ The Thames felt decidedly warmer the second time I went for a dip.
▪ There are terrifying hairpin bends, sharp dips and sudden ascents.
▪ They held the punch bowl at parties, the potato salad, chips and dips.
Wikipedia

Dip (Catalan myth)

In Catalan myth, Dip is an evil, black, hairy dog, an emissary of the Devil, who sucks people's blood. Like other figures associated with demons in Catalan myth, he is lame in one leg. Dip is pictured on the escutcheon of Pratdip.

Dip (dance move)

Dips are common to many dance forms ( Tango, Lindy Hop, Salsa, Ballroom dances).

Standard: The flyer usually balances herself. The flyer's body may be horizontal or vertical. There are many grips for bases. The base uses a one-handed grip if flyer is experienced. In performance, flyer may turn her torso sideways toward the audience or toward the base. In social dance, they flyer usually turns her torso toward the base. The lead can use a two-handed grip for inexperienced partners when social dancing.

Tango: The follow's leg locks around the lead's right leg. The flyer can support herself, if she has strong stomach muscles.

Tango Swoop: The flyer leans back (torso horizontal) and moves in a circle and then returns to vertical.

Shoulder Support (Right): When the follow spins to her left, the lead may grip her left shoulder with his right arm. She will stop spinning when his right arm blocks her body. This leads to a natural dip, where she simply leans back while he supports her by holding her shoulder. Note: Never hold her neck.

Shoulder Support (Left): When the follow spins to her left, the lead may grip her left shoulder or upper arm, with his left hand. She will stop spinning when his arm left blocks her body. During her spin, the lead's right hand holds the follow's right hand. This leads to a natural dip, where she simply leans back, while he supports her with both hands: his right hand holds her right hand behind his neck and his left hand holds her left shoulder.

Lean: The base and flyer stand side by side, with the base's hand on her hip. The base lunges sideways, away from the flyer, holding her hip to his. She keeps one leg straight and styles with the other, often a figure-4 knee bend.

Lean to Standard: From a lean, the follow rolls forward into a normal dip.

Between the Legs: The lead steps over her torso.

Straddle: The flyer bends back horizontally. The lead steps over her torso, then moves his feet together so his feet touch. The flyer is supported by his feet.

Death Drop: From cuddle position, with a circus grip. Flyer leans forward and falls as far a grip allows, which is not very far. Then the lead slips the cuddle arm out and the flyer falls again as far as the grip allows. Spotters should be under where the flyer's head will go.

One-handed coin swooping dip (Trance): Whilst dipping your partner with the one handed gripping technique, lower your torso until in a vertical position and within reach of the dance floor. There is a slight pelvic sway in sync with the trance beat. With your free hand collect the coin, and then return to the upright position. The position of your leading thigh is key in making this popular move successful

Dip (exercise)

The dip is an exercise used in strength training. Narrow, shoulder-width dips primarily train the triceps, with major synergists being the anterior deltoid, the pectoralis muscles ( sternal, clavicular, and minor), and the rhomboid muscles of the back (in that order). Wide arm training places additional emphasis on the pectoral muscles, similar in respect to the way a wide grip bench press would focus more on the pectorals and less on the triceps.

Dip (L. Pierre album)

Dip is a studio album by Scottish musician Aidan Moffat, under his pseudonym L. Pierre. It was released in February 2007 under Melodic Records.

DIP

Dip may refer to:

  • Dip (Catalan myth), an evil demonic dog that drinks people's blood
  • Dip (dance move), a partner dance move
  • Dip (exercise), a type of strength training exercise
  • A brief swim, as in skinny dipping
  • Dip (food), a type of sauce into which food is dipped
  • Dipping tobacco, a colloquial name for American moist snuff
  • Magnetic dip, the angle made with the horizontal at any point by the Earth's magnetic field
    • Dip circle, used to measure the angle between magnetic dip and the horizon
  • Dip of the Horizon, the angle below horizontal for an elevated observer at sea
  • Dip (geology) – Strike and dip, the orientation or attitude of a geologic feature
    • Dip slope, a geological term for a slope parallel to the dip
  • Decagonal prism
  • Distributed information processing, a field of computer science
  • DIP Research (for Distributed Information Processing), a defunct company which designed the Atari Portfolio
  • Dual in-line package, a type of integrated circuit packaging
  • Dip, a name in Gujarati meaning diya
  • Voltage dip, the British term for voltage sag
  • "Dip", a song by Danny Brown from his 2013 album Old
  • Plunge dip, a method of immersing livestock in pesticide
  • Flag dipping, to dip a flag that is being carried as a sign of respect or deference
Wiktionary

dip

Etymology 1 n. 1 A lower section of a road or geological feature. 2 Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch. 3 The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. 4 A tank or trough where cattle or sheep are immersed in chemicals to kill parasites. 5 A dip stick. 6 A swim, usually a short swim to refresh. 7 (context colloquial dated English) A pickpocket. 8 A sauce for dipping. 9 (context geology English) The angle from horizontal of a planar geologic surface, such as a fault line. 10 (context archaic English) A dipped candle. 11 (context: dance) a move in many different styles of partner dances, often performed at the end of a dance, in which the follower leans far to the side and is supported by the leader 12 A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and then raises himself by straightening his arms. 13 In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation that is dipped out from incisions in the trees. ''Virgin dip'' is the runnings of the first year, ''yellow dip'' the runnings of subsequent years. 14 (context aeronautics English) A sudden drop followed by a climb, usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting into an airhole. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To lower into a liquid. 2 (context intransitive English) To immerse oneself; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink. 3 (context intransitive English) (context of a value or rate English) To decrease slightly. 4 (context transitive English) To lower a light's beam. 5 (context transitive English) To lower (a flag), particularly a national ensign, to a partially hoisted position in order to render or to return a salute. While lowered, the flag is said to be “at the dip.” A flag being carried on a staff may be dipped by leaning it forward at an approximate angle of 45 degrees. 6 (context transitive English) To treat cattle or sheep by immersion in chemical solution. 7 (context transitive English) To use a dip stick to check oil level in an engine. 8 To consume snuff by placing a pinch behind the lip or under the tongue so that the active chemical constituents of the snuff may be absorbed into the system for their narcotic effect. 9 To immerse for baptism. 10 To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten. 11 To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair. 12 (context transitive English) To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; often with ''out''. 13 (context intransitive English) To perform the action of plunging a dipper, ladle. etc. into a liquid or soft substance and removing a part. 14 To engage as a pledge; to mortgage. 15 (context transitive English) To perform (a bow or curtsey) by inclining the body. 16 (context intransitive English) To incline downward from the plane of the horizon. 17 (context: dance) To perform a dip dance move (often phrased with the leader as the subject noun and the follower as the subject noun being dipped) Etymology 2

n. A foolish person.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

dip

Magnetic \Mag*net"ic\, Magnetical \Mag*net"ic*al\, a. [L. magneticus: cf. F. magn['e]tique.]

  1. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of iron; a magnetic needle.

  2. Of or pertaining to, or characterized by, the earth's magnetism; as, the magnetic north; the magnetic meridian.

  3. Capable of becoming a magnet; susceptible to magnetism; as, the magnetic metals.

  4. Endowed with extraordinary personal power to excite the feelings and to win the affections; attractive; inducing attachment.

    She that had all magnetic force alone.
    --Donne.

  5. Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism, so called; hypnotic; as, a magnetic sleep. See Magnetism. [Archaic] Magnetic amplitude, attraction, dip, induction, etc. See under Amplitude, Attraction, etc. Magnetic battery, a combination of bar or horseshoe magnets with the like poles adjacent, so as to act together with great power. Magnetic compensator, a contrivance connected with a ship's compass for compensating or neutralizing the effect of the iron of the ship upon the needle. Magnetic curves, curves indicating lines of magnetic force, as in the arrangement of iron filings between the poles of a powerful magnet. Magnetic elements.

    1. (Chem. Physics) Those elements, as iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium, manganese, etc., which are capable or becoming magnetic.

    2. (Physics) In respect to terrestrial magnetism, the declination, inclination, and intensity.

    3. See under Element.

      Magnetic fluid, the hypothetical fluid whose existence was formerly assumed in the explanations of the phenomena of magnetism; -- no longer considered a meaningful concept.

      Magnetic iron, or Magnetic iron ore. (Min.) Same as Magnetite.

      Magnetic needle, a slender bar of steel, magnetized and suspended at its center on a sharp-pointed pivot, or by a delicate fiber, so that it may take freely the direction of the magnetic meridian. It constitutes the essential part of a compass, such as the mariner's and the surveyor's.

      Magnetic poles, the two points in the opposite polar regions of the earth at which the direction of the dipping needle is vertical.

      Magnetic pyrites. See Pyrrhotite.

      Magnetic storm (Terrestrial Physics), a disturbance of the earth's magnetic force characterized by great and sudden changes.

      Magnetic telegraph, a telegraph acting by means of a magnet. See Telegraph.

WordNet

dip

  1. n. 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 [syn: angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination]

  3. a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places [syn: 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 drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index"; "there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery"; "a dip in prices"; "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall" [syn: 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 [syn: plunge]

  9. a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms

  10. [also: dipping, dipped]

dip

  1. v. 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" [syn: dunk, souse, plunge, douse]

  2. dip into a liquid while eating; "She dunked the piece of bread in the sauce" [syn: dunk]

  3. go down momentarily; "Prices dipped"

  4. stain an object by immersing it in a liquid

  5. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam [syn: dim]

  6. lower briefly; "She dipped her knee"

  7. appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line" [syn: sink]

  8. slope downwards; "Our property dips towards the river"

  9. dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: douse, duck]

  10. of candles; by dipping the wick into hot, liquid wax

  11. immerse in a disinfectant solution; "dip the sheep"

  12. scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface; "dip water out of a container"

  13. [also: dipping, dipped]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

dip

Old English dyppan "immerse, baptize by immersion," from Proto-Germanic *duppjan (cognates: Old Norse deypa "to dip," Danish døbe "to baptize," Old Frisian depa, Dutch dopen, German taufen, Gothic daupjan "to baptize"), related to Old English diepan "immerse, dip," and perhaps ultimately to deep. As a noun, from 1590s. Sense of "downward slope" is 1708. Meaning "sweet sauce for pudding, etc." first recorded 1825.

dip

"stupid person, eccentric person," 1920s slang, perhaps a back-formation from dippy. "Dipshit is an emphatic form of dip (2); dipstick may be a euphemism or may reflect putative dipstick 'penis' " [DAS].

Usage examples of "dip".

The rotor wash whipped at Abies as the helicopter turned above, then dipped sharply down behind the tree cover and disappeared.

Accordingly, the finger may be dipped into acetone for several seconds, removed, and be permitted to dry, after which it is inked and printed.

Something fluttered, flittered, dipped, and bobbed in the clear desert sky like an addled bat driven into sunshine.

But this adjutant returned half an hour later with the news that the commander of the dragoons had already retreated beyond the dip in the ground, as a heavy fire had been opened on him and he was losing men uselessly, and so had hastened to throw some sharpshooters into the wood.

The hillside, which had appeared to be one slope, was really a succession of undulations, so that the advancing infantry alternately dipped into shelter and emerged into a hail of bullets.

He allowed the others to dip their fingers in it when cool and use it to wipe their skins to relieve the intolerable itching caused by the aerosol rain from the trees.

Cotton seed is dipped in a fungicide and planted in a Mississippi field sprayed with aldicarb, one of the most toxic chemicals applied in the United States.

This step completed, he passed one of the aromatic branches several times over the candle flame, dipped it in the glowing water, and sprinkled Alec from head to foot, repeating the flame and water process several times.

He dipped his tongue into the hollow of her collarbone, and Amelle gasped.

There was a dish of rosewater by the bed for Billy Anker to dip his fingers in if he started to come too soon.

Dipped ordinary paper in an aqueous solution of sulphate of copper and carbonate of ammonia and then added alkaline solutions of cochineal or equivalent coloring matter.

The wing dipped uncertainly beneath his weight, pulling toward the building Argent had leaped from.

One acolyte held a basin of water, and the priest dipped an aspergillum into the bowl and sprinkled a few drops over me.

For the entire distance he was preceded by a thousand priests and bishops in the finery of their office, intoning a solemn hymn and asperging the genuflecting crowds with conifer sprigs dipped in holy water.

Garnish with flowerets of cauliflower, dipped in aspic and chilled, and lettuce.