tip

Definitions

  • tapping With his Finger-tips on the Window-pane.'——191
    tapping With his Finger-tips on the Window-pane.'——191
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tip remove the tip from "tip artichokes"
    • v tip mark with a tip "tip the arrow with the small stone"
    • v tip give insider information or advise to "He tipped off the police about the terrorist plot"
    • v tip strike lightly "He tapped me on the shoulder"
    • v tip walk on one's toes
    • v tip to incline or bend from a vertical position "She leaned over the banister"
    • v tip cause to tilt "tip the screen upward"
    • v tip cause to topple or tumble by pushing
    • v tip give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on "Remember to tip the waiter","fee the steward"
    • n tip an indication of potential opportunity "he got a tip on the stock market","a good lead for a job"
    • n tip the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill) "the view from the peak was magnificent","they clambered to the tip of Monadnock","the region is a few molecules wide at the summit"
    • n tip the extreme end of something; especially something pointed
    • n tip a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
    • n tip a V shape "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143 Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143
The larva of the violet tip butterfly The larva of the violet tip butterfly
Chrysalid (pupa) of the violet tip butterfly Chrysalid (pupa) of the violet tip butterfly
MME. CARLOTTA STEERING A BALLOON BY TIPPING THE FOOT-BOARD MME. CARLOTTA STEERING A BALLOON BY TIPPING THE FOOT-BOARD
TIP-CAT TIP-CAT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is no tipping in Iceland
    • Tip A gift; a douceur; a fee.
    • Tip A hint, or secret intimation, as to the chances in a horse race, or the like.
    • Tip A light touch or blow; a tap.
    • Tip (Hat Manuf) A piece of stiffened lining pasted on the inside of a hat crown.
    • Tip A thin, boarded brush made of camel's hair, used by gilders in lifting gold leaf.
    • Tip An end piece or part; a piece, as a cap, nozzle, ferrule, or point, applied to the extreme end of anything; as, a tip for an umbrella, a shoe, a gas burner, etc.
    • Tip Rubbish thrown from a quarry.
    • Tip The point or extremity of anything; a pointed or somewhat sharply rounded end; the end; as, the tip of the finger; the tip of a spear. "To the very tip of the nose."
    • Tip To bestow a gift, or douceur, upon; to give a present to; as, to tip a servant.
    • v. i Tip To fall on, or incline to, one side.
    • v. t Tip To form a point upon; to cover the tip, top, or end of; as, to tip anything with gold or silver. "With truncheon tipped with iron head.""Tipped with jet,
      Fair ermines spotless as the snows they press."
    • Tip To lower one end of, or to throw upon the end; to tilt; as, to tip a cask; to tip a cart.
    • Tip To strike slightly; to tap. "A third rogue tips me by the elbow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Kiwis are the only known bird to have nostrils located at the tip of their beak
    • n tip A horseshoe which covers only the front half of the hoof, with the branches tapered to an edge.
    • tip To throw up (wool or cotton) so that it will fall in bunches
    • n tip The upper extremity or top part of anything that is long and slender, tapering, or thin, especially if more or less pointed or rounded: as, the tip of a spire or of a spear; any pointed, tapering, or rounded end or extremity; the outer or exposed termination of anything running to or approximating a point: as, the tip of the tongue; the tips of the fingers; the tip of an arrow (the apex of the arrow-head), of a cigar, or of a pen.
    • n tip A small piece or part attached to or forming the extremity of something; an end-piece, an attached point, a ferrule, or the like: as, the iron or copper tips of some shoes; the tip of a scabbard; the tip of a gas-burner; the tip of a stamen (the anther).
    • n tip The upper part of the crown of a hat.
    • n tip The upper part of the lining of a hat.
    • n tip A tool made of pasteboard and long fine hair, used by gilders, as to lay the gold upon the edges of a book; also, a piece of wood covered with Canton flannel, used by book-stampers.
    • n tip The separate piece or section of a jointed fishing-rod from the point of which the line runs off the rod through an eye, loop, or ring; a top. A tip made of split bamboo is called a quartersection tip, and by English makers a rent and glued tip. The soft inner part of the bamboo is removed, and only the hard, elastic exterior is used.
    • n tip Same as foothold, 2.
    • tip To form, constitute, or cover the tip of; make or put a tip to; cause to appear as a tip, top, or extremity.
    • tip To strike or hit lightly; tap.
    • tip To turn from a perpendicular position, as a solid object; cause to lean or slant; tilt; cant: usually implying but slight effort: as, to tip a bottle or a cart to discharge its contents; to tip a table or a chair.
    • tip To overthrow; overturn.
    • tip To throw lightly to another; direct toward; give; communicate: as, to tip one a copper.
    • tip To give private information to in regard to chances, as in betting or speculation.
    • tip To make a slight gift of money to; gratify with a small present of money, as a child; especially, to make a present of money to (a servant or employee of another), nominally for a service, actual or pretended, rendered or expected to be rendered by such servant or employee in the course of his duty, and for which he is also paid by his employer.
    • tip In music, same as tongue, 3.
    • tip To lean or slant from the perpendicular; incline downward or to one side; slant over: as, a carriage tips on an uneven road; to tip first one way and then the other.
    • tip To give tips or gratuities.
    • n tip A light stroke; a tap; in base-ball. a light hitting of the ball with the bat. See foul tip, below.
    • n tip A tram or other large container contrived for the rapid transfer of coal by tipping out a whole load of it at once.
    • n tip A place or receptacle for the deposit of something by tipping; a place into which garbage or other refuse is tipped; a dump.
    • n tip Private or secret information for the benefit of the person to whom it is imparted; especially, a hint or communication pointing to success in a bet or a speculative venture of any kind, as in horse-racing, the buying and selling of stocks or other property, etc.
    • n tip A small present of money; a gratuity; especially, a present of money made to a servant or employee of another, nominally for a service rendered or expected. See tip, transitive verb, 6.
    • n tip A draught of liquor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays
    • n Tip tip the top or point of anything small: the end, as of a billiard-cue, &c
    • v.t Tip to form a point to: to cover the tip or end of:—pr.p. tip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. tipped
    • v.t Tip tip to strike lightly: to cause to slant: : :
    • v.i Tip to slant: to give tips
    • n Tip a tap or light stroke: a place for tipping any refuse into, a dump: a tram for expeditiously transferring coal: private information about horse-racing, stock speculations, &c.: a gratuity
    • v.t Tip tip (slang) to communicate, give
    • v.t Tip tip (slang) to give private information to, about betting, &c.
    • v.t Tip tip (coll.) to give a small gift of money to, as a gratuity
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Quotations

  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Two parts of empathy: Skill (tip of iceberg) and Attitude (mass of the iceberg).”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “I wonder if it isn't just cowardice instead of generosity that makes us give tips.”
  • Dorothy Kilgallen
    Dorothy Kilgallen
    “Doorman -- a genius who can open the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see.”

Idioms

On the tip of your tongue - If a word is on the tip of your tongue, you know you know the word, but you just can't quite remember it at the moment.
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Tip of the iceberg - The tip of the iceberg is the part of a problem that can be seen, with far more serious problems lying underneath.
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Tipping point - Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. & Dan. tip, LG. & Sw. tipp, G. zipfel, and probably to E. tap, a plug, a pipe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. tippa, to tap; Ger. tupfen.

Usage

In literature:

Measure the distance across the back from tip to tip of wings.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
Tip, tip, tip, till the brain is weary, not with the cost of it, but with the arithmetical strain.
"Behind the Beyond" by Stephen Leacock
The wings are black with two white bars, the tail is black tipped with white.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
But his finger-tips barely touched the top rail.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The land was divided up among the four older sons, and Tip-Top was left with the saddle.
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
The tip of a swinging limb was pounding against his window pane.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
PROFESSOR FOURMEN: It was with great pleasure that I read in Tip Top of your return to this country.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
When you have reached the park, spring upon my horse and put whip to him for the village of Tip Top.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
It was difficult and tedious work, for he could use only the tip of the saw, because the ribs were so close together.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
One very fine Carrier measured 311/2 inches from tip to tip of wing.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
To a man who frequently entertains, and at a particular restaurant, an occasional tip to the head waiter would be of service.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The sprout in the centre of the scales with its yellowish-green tip is observed, and its meaning inferred.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Tip Elder, of course!
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
No more tipping for me!
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The kiss landed on the tip of her cold nose.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Tip of wire may have to be curved to accomplish this, in curve-billed birds.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
The gases are sent through a mixing valve to the burning tip.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
He snatched up the metal tube, noting the lava tip, and that it was like the one Smithy had found in the ghost town.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
I wondered also at seeing one or two, with the red tip showing fully, so different from mine.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
All under four and a half inches from tip to tip were thrown back.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
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In poetry:

On the world's cold lips
Fell warm finger-tips;
On the world's cold lips
Woke the glow and gleam!
"Spring Awoke To-Day" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
And then I took the turnip tip
And fed it to a cow;
"I'll ne'er go back to Hagensack,"
I says, and kept me vow.
"The Ballad of Hagensack" by Wallace Irwin
The Autumn wind
Blew and since that day
On Otowa Mountain
The tips of the trees on the peak
Have been touched with colour.
"The Autumn wind" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Little bird! O little bird!
I wonder at how thou art
Thou high on the tips of branching boughs,
I on the ground a-creeping!
"Little Bird" by Anonymous Irish
If I look to east or west,
Green billows go tipped with foam–
Green woods gird my father's home,
With birds in each nest.
"On An Island" by Anna Johnston MacManus
To the Love-queen Gisli pray'd,
Buds upon his tall spear's tip;
Laughter in his broad blue eyes,
Laughter on his bearded lip.
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Bill Cochran's Mailbag: Tips on training a bird dog.
If want you to know about lottery tips and tricks, then read this article.
See our online video for ideas and tips.
Here are tips for using Blackboard effectively.
The book Green Tips for Data Centers offers guidance to help reduce data center energy use through proven, easy-to-implement tips, says the association.
Safe driving tips The Texas Department of Transportation offers these tips for safe driving: * Pay attention.
If you have a tip about this or any other issue you'd like investigated, please give our tipline a call at 877-TIP-NEWS.
I'll have some additional battery saving tips in a future tip column, but in the meantime these can be useful for any iOS device model -- iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
The New Orleans Police Department announced a new initiative on Tuesday to gain the public's trust and show that they are following up on tips provided through the Crimestoppers Inc tip line.
50 Garage Tech Tips Welding Tip.
The toll-free tip line, 866-246-9500, will also remain open for any additional tips, which the task force will continue to investigate.
When it comes to big tips, there are big tips, and then there are big tips.
Time-saving Travel Tips – Alicia Richmond shares tips on avoiding long travel lines at the airport.
I had a column planned this week about training tips (no, not from me, as I am wholly unqualified to give anyone tips), but sometimes inspiration strikes and so, next week, look for training tips.
The trucks measured 196.6 inches from tip to tip and the pickups weighed in at 3,120 lbs.
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In science:

There are three locations to probe the harmonic measure: at the SLE origin on the boundary, at the SLE tip in the plane, or along the fractal curve itself.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
This particular exponent describes the conformal behavior of the growth process near the tip of the SLE, or, equivalently, that of the harmonic measure seen from that tip.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Suppose that the central charge is cκ and the boundary conditions are such that there is a boundary changing primary operator of weight hκ inserted at the tip of Kt .
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions
The top plate, the beam tubes, and the tip of the center conductor were machined from solid Nb.
Niobium Quarter-Wave Resonator Development for The Rare Isotope Accelerator
Cj \{zj (0), z ′ j (0)}. A tip of Cj (t) cannot be the image of a tip of Cj because then the analytic function ∂gt/∂z would not have the required number of zeroes, 2n − 2.
On Chordal and Bilateral SLE in multiply connected domains
Denote γt the tip of the curve generating Kt .
On Chordal and Bilateral SLE in multiply connected domains
The tip of the fibers are placed on these N sites and are associated with a UD of threshold strength.
Critical behaviour of mixed random fibers, fibers on a chain and random graph
We see that there is a clear shift of the coolest tip of the tracks to warmer effective temperatures as the metallicity decreases.
The Effective Temperatures and Physical Properties of Magellanic Cloud Red Supergiants: The Effects of Metallicity
In other words, even if the random walkers were only absorbed near the tip of these branches, physically implying a very small value of l, the current method of estimating l would invariably lead to l ∼ R.
Distance traveled by random walkers before absorption in a random medium
Finally, we derive mass models for the isolated spiral host galaxies and we show that the most reliable estimators of the systemic redshift in the quasar spectrum are the tips of the Hα and Hβ lines.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
For all five of them, it is the wavelength corresponding to the tip of the Hα line which best matches the galactic redshift (within 0.2 ˚A, or a fifth of a pixel), followed with nearly the same accuracy by the Hβ tip.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
The easiest way was to identify the Gaussian formula for the windings about the tip of the SLE given by Schramm in his original paper, with the similar one found earlier by H.
Conformal Random Geometry
There are three locations to probe the harmonic measure: at the SLE origin on the boundary, at the SLE tip in the plane, or along the fractal curve itself.
Conformal Random Geometry
For small δ t any line can approximately be considered as a vertical slit growing from the image of the tip of the curve under gt which we denote by ξt (see appendix).
SLE description of the nodal lines of random wave functions
Moreover, geometrically, the action only has a fixed point at the tip of the cigar, leading to the fact that the corresponding Klein bottle amplitude does not exhibit a volume divergence (in the dilaton direction).
D-branes in Unoriented Non-critical Strings and Duality in SO(N) and Sp(N) Gauge Theories
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