Dip of the needle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dip of the needle the angle formed, in a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic needle, or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal line; -- called also inclination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dip of the needle the angle a balanced magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon, measured by the Dipping needle, or Compass
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dyppan, causal of dýpan, to plunge in—deóp, deep; cf. Dan. dyppe; Ger. taufen, to immerse.

Usage

In literature:

The dipping of the needle had ceased.
"The Smoky God" by Willis George Emerson
The dip of the needle goes through a similar cycle of daily changes.
"Side-lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science" by Simon Newcomb
We found the North point of the Diping Needle, belonging to the Royal Society, to Dip 77 degrees 18 minutes.
"Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World" by James Cook
Dip a needle in the ink and prick a row of spots at equal distances on a young root.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
Dip of the south end of the Needle: 38 degrees.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Dip of the Needle at Port Louis, Simon's Bay, and various parts of the Atlantic Ocean, observed upon the Bathurst's return to England.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
Mean Dip of the S. end of the needle, taken onshore, 64 deg.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
The dip was observed with both ends of the needle, and the face of the instrument changed each time.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
The vertical dip of the needle was explained by the magnetic attraction of the north pole.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Dip of the needle / Unmarked end \Dipping, /68 deg.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
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In poetry:

The needle dips and pokes, the cheerful thread
Runs after, follow-my-leader down the seam:
The patchwork pieces cry for joy together,
O soon to sit as a crown on Dinda's head,
Fulfilment of their dream.
"The Patchwork Bonnet" by Robert Graves

In news:

Sterilize a needle and a pair of tweezers by dipping the ends in boiling water, then wiping them dry with clean cotton.
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