dribble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dribble let saliva drivel from the mouth "The baby drooled"
    • v dribble propel, "Carry the ball" "dribble the ball"
    • v dribble let or cause to fall in drops "dribble oil into the mixture"
    • v dribble run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose","reports began to dribble in"
    • n dribble the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
    • n dribble saliva spilling from the mouth
    • n dribble flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid "there's a drip through the roof"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
    • Dribble A drizzling shower; a falling or leaking in drops.
    • Dribble An act of dribbling{2} a ball.
    • Dribble In basketball and various other games, to propel (the ball) by successive slight hits or kicks so as to keep it always in control.
    • Dribble In basketball, football and similar games, to dribble{2} the ball.
    • Dribble To fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops; as, water dribbles from the eaves.
    • Dribble To fall weakly and slowly. "The dribbling dart of love."
    • Dribble To let fall in drops. "Let the cook . . . dribble it all the way upstairs.""Which from the thatch drips fast a shower of rain."
    • Dribble To live or pass one's time in a trivial fashion.
    • Dribble To slaver, as a child or an idiot; to drivel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jerry West was the model for the official NBA logo. His silhouette appears dribbling a basketball.
    • dribble To fall in drops or small particles, or in a quick succession of drops: as, water dribbles from the eaves.
    • dribble To fall weakly and slowly.
    • dribble To act or think feebly; want vigor or energy.
    • dribble To be of trifling importance.
    • dribble To throw down or let fall in drops or bits.
    • dribble To give out in small portions: often with out.
    • dribble In foot-ball and other games, to give a slight kick or shove to, as the ball, without intending to send it far.
    • n dribble Any small quantity of dropping or trickling fluid; a dropping or dripping: as, the dribble from the eaves.
    • n dribble Drizzly or wet weather.
    • dribble To drivel; slaver.
    • n dribble A variant of drivel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dribble drib′l to fall in small drops: to drop quickly: to slaver, as a child or an idiot
    • v.t Dribble to let fall in drops: to give out in small portions: at football, &c., to keep the ball moving forward little by little
    • n Dribble a driblet
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Quotations

  • Robert A. Cook
    Robert A. Cook
    “We dribble away our life, little by little, in small packages -- we don't throw it away all at once.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of drib, which is a variant of drip,

Usage

In literature:

Without the tides the Mersey would be a wretched dribble not much bigger than it is at Warrington.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
He dribbled the moist brown grains through his fingertips into the pipe's narrow bowl and packed the tobacco down gently.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The broken lion's head of the fountain dribbled one tinkling stream of quicksilver.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
But when she saw me dribbling like a seal, she just ran forward and put her arms round me.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Saliva dribbled at the corners of his mouth.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
He talks into his glass as he swishes around the remaining dribble of whiskey, as if he has trouble meeting my eyes for once.
"Less than Human" by Zoë Blade
You dribbled down the front, you didn't spill things in your lap.
"Decision" by Frank M. Robinson
Haig uttered one more call that dribbled into a sobbing cry.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
Under the dribble of the mucilage the fire in his eyes had flickered and sunk.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Sunday morning the malcontents were to leave, to dribble back quietly to their homes.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
My tears dribbled down onto my dress waist, though I tried to stanch 'em with my snowy linen handkerchief.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
For another week or ten days others dribbled in.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
But all the great movements have dribbled away into frustration and impotence.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
I suspect social historians for the pleasant dribble they write about the age.
"Coming to Grips with White Knuckles" by Paul Cameron Brown
The third man up dribbled a slow one to the box and Fred quickly snapped the ball over to first for an out.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
Hit made me dribble at the mouf, the way they went on.
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris
Hence an incontinence or dribbling of urine is continually troublesome.
"Medica Sacra" by Richard Mead
It dribbled through several holes and spread across the floor.
"Collectivum" by Mike Lewis
Before him was a mere dribble of chips, and he knew that he could not hold out much longer.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Then he wiped the dribbles on the back of his hand and turned to her.
"The Daughter of a Republican" by Bernie Babcock
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In poetry:

The man
I used to meet in the mirror
is no more.
Now I see a wasted face.
It dribbles tears.
"Tanka 03" by Masaoka Shiki
Listen for pity—I impeach
The tyrant Love that, after play,
Dribbles on Beauty's cheek, and still
Refuses to be moved away.
"Love Impeached" by William H Davies
And he who dribbled couplets like a snake
Coiled to a lithe precision in the sun
Is missing. The jar is empty; you may break
It only to find that Mr. Pope is gone.
"Mr. Pope" by Allen Tate
bundle of stuff that dropped,
and dribbled through the loose straw
tangling in bowels, and hopped
blindly closer. I saw
those eyes that did not see
mirror my cruelty
"Barn Owl" by Gwen Harwood
Pits of night; E, candour of sand pavilions,
High glacial spears, white kings, trembling Queen
Anne's lace;
I, bloody spittle, laughter dribbling from a face
In wild denial or in anger, vermilions;
"Vowels" by Arthur Rimbaud
O it were pleasant with you
To fly from this tussle of foes,
The shambles, the charnel, the wrinkle!
To dwell in yon dribble of dew
On the cheek of your sovereign rose,
And live the young life of a twinkle.
"Whimper Of Sympathy" by George Meredith

In news:

Washington Wizards guard Shelvin Mack (22) dribbles against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri more.
Michele Murnen takes the defender off the dribble.
Mostly Cloudy / 44° F. Meadowview's Claudia Kendrick (00) tries to dribble past Cornerstone's Karch Goodwin during Tuesday's game at Meadowview.
BRIAN C HOREY Meghan Meers of Gilbertsville-Mount Upton dribbles after grabbing a rebound during Friday's first-round game against host Laurens in the Pat Grasso Tournament.
Milwaukee Bucks star Brandon Jennings took some time practice ball handling skills and dribbling with a young, future basketball star.
The system works in Oregon, but Washington state allows the ballots to dribble for weeks.
Derreck Caldez broke down several different Tigers off the dribble, providing some energy and finishing with a Hurricane-high 10 points.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown forward Greg Whittington stole the ball on the perimeter and dribbled up court, slowing slightly once he reached the paint to size up a defender, who was closing on him.
Shameeka Reed dribbles past a Dickinson player Saturday night.
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, dribbling past Spurs guard Tony Parker (9), scored a career- high 29 points.
The 6'5 Knicks pointguard treated a brand new iPhone 5 like a basketball, dribbling the device around a court and slam dunking it.
DHS' Lee LeVerrier — one of three senior captains — dribbles down the field during a game against Jesuit.
There are a few shows I enjoy, but several of them have been canceled, and the rest are in danger of being overtaken by IQ-point-sucking dribble like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "The View.
You may not hear a lot of dribbling the first couple of months during the Highland men's basketball practices this upcoming season.
The NBA has a video out five pros dribble "Carol of the Bells" Hey at least it's short.
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