• Dipper
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dipper small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom
    • n dipper small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage
    • n dipper a ladle that has a cup with a long handle
    • n Dipper a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
    • n Dipper a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dipper standing at water's edge Dipper standing at water's edge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In France, the Big Dipper is called the "casserole."
    • Dipper (Zoöl) A small grebe; the dabchick.
    • Dipper One who, or that which, dips; especially, a vessel used to dip water or other liquid; a ladle.
    • Dipper (Zoöl) The American dipper or ouzel (Cinclus Mexicanus).
    • Dipper (Zoöl) The buffel duck.
    • Dipper (Zoöl) The water ouzel (Cinolus aquaticus) of Europe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 7 stars in the Big Dipper.
    • n dipper One who or that which dips. Specifically
    • n dipper [capitalized] [Cf. dopper.] Same as Dunker.
    • n dipper In paper manufacturing, the workman who mixes the pulp and puts it upon the mold.
    • n dipper One who dips snuff. See to dip snuff, under dip, v. t.
    • n dipper A bird of the genus Cinclus or family Cinclidœ: so called because it dips, ducks, or dives under water. The common European dipper, also called water-ouzel and by many other names, is C. aquaticus, a small dark-colored bird with a white breast, of aquatic habits, inhabiting streams, and walking or flying under water with ease. The American dipper is a similar but distinct species, C. mexicanus, entirely dark-colored when adult. There are in all about 12 species of dippers, mostly inhabiting clear mountain-streams of various parts of the world. They belong to the turdiform group of oscine Passeres, in the vicinity of the thrushes, and are notable as the only thoroughly aquatic passerine birds. See cut in next column, and also cut under Cinclidœ.
    • n dipper Any swimming bird which dives with great ease and rapidity, as a grebe, dab-chick, or didapper; especially, in the United States, the buffle, Bucephala albeola, which is also called spirit-duck for the same reason. See cut under buffle.
    • n dipper A vessel of wood, iron, or tin, with a handle usually long and straight, used to dip water or other liquid.
    • n dipper [capitalized] The popular name in the United States of the seven principal stars in Ursa Major, or the Great Bear: so called from their being arranged in the form of the vessel called a dipper. The corresponding stars in Ursa Minor are called the Little Dipper. See cuts under Ursa.
    • n dipper In photography, a holder or lifter for plunging plates into a sensitizing or fixing bath; especially, such a holder used in the wet-plate process for plunging the collodionized plate into the sensitizing bath of nitrate of silver.
    • n dipper A simple form of scoop-dredge. See dredging-machine.
    • n dipper In ceramics, a workman who dips ware in the glazing or coloring preparation: See dipped.
    • n dipper Any of the gastropod mollusks of the genus Bulla.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ?Big Dipper? is known as ?The Casserole? in France.
    • n Dipper dip′ėr a genus of birds in the Thrush family that find their food by diving into streams or lakes: a kind of Baptist or Dunker.
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  • Zen Saying
    Zen Saying
    “Hide your body in the Big Dipper.”


In literature:

It is called the Dipper because it is shaped like a dipper with a long, bent handle.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The coffee, poured from the bottle into a tin dipper, they set near the blaze, on some brands.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Moses'll show you where the spring is, and there's a gourd dipper hangs by it to drink out of.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
I tried to laugh it away, but my heart went down like a dredge-dipper.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Presently it occurred to him that his watch must be nearly over and he looked up at the Great Dipper, swinging on its north star pivot.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
She hastened to the kitchen, rinsed out her dipper, and hung it up.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
When the soap is all rinsed off, dash a few dipperfuls of cold water over the dog, and rub his jacket briskly with the rough towel.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various
Occasionally a ghost would come up to the side of the ship, and in a squeaky voice ask for a dipper.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
It is called the Dipper because it is shaped like a dipper with a long, bent handle.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Bull held the dipper while de Spain poured.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman

In poetry:

I'd fly along the Milky Way
Feelin' fine and chipper,
An' then I'd drink some buttermilk
Fresh from out the Dipper.
"If I Could Fly" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Small hands, fair as the shells of the sea,
And sweet little fingers - oh, hush!
What is it they hold? Ah! I see,
'Tis a confounded "dipper"- stick-brush!
"To The Fair" by Anonymous Americas
Old Spense wus smilin' jest es clar
Es stars in the big "Dipper";
An' Deely made believe tew hum
"Old Hundred" gay an' chipper,
But thinkin' what a tightsome squeeze
The vat wus fur the Agent's knees.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The mast-heads reeled. In the bright north the Dipper
Hung dazzling diamonds 'round her sails, ghost white.
The seas were dim, and the deep-breathing clipper
Quivered her feet, and shook with sheer delight.
"Stowaway" by Bill Adams

In news:

Public lands Skinny Dipper Hot Springs Closed At Sundown.
The Bureau of Land Management has decided to close Skinny Dipper Hot Springs in Boise County to night access.
Mary Willson, a biologist, ecologist and consultant from Juneau, might be the only Alaska researcher who has studied the American dipper .
The dipper often feeds while flying underwater, using the liquid as it does another fluid, air.
She has seen a dipper with four tiny fish in its beak at once.
'Double Dippers ' in Marin and elsewhere rake in public money.
'Double- dippers ' rake in public money.
(The Star-Ledger MATT RAINEY) Chris Christie: He needs to go for real pension reform and get rid of the double- dipper .
Mark Lagerkvist has another great piece on double dippers in state government, this time in the very department that's supposed to keep track of this sort of thing, the comptroller's office.
Sun analysis finds 17 owners with three or four homestead credits, hundreds of double- dippers .
If double dippers go back to the same job, then eliminate the pension income until they retire again.
This dip is perfect for packing lunch – try some vegetable dippers with pretzel sticks.
Anchorage fire crews fought flames in Muldoon Sep 16 at a duplex off of Little Dipper Avenue.
It was in the 1960s that Dr Donald O Clifton (1924–2003), first created the 'Dipper and Bucket' story that has now...
You can call them "Waffle Chip Dippers," all you want, but in reality they are ice cream nachos .

In science:

By the Specht module theory developed by Dipper, James and Mathas , the simple Hv n (ξ )-modules are parametrized by certain l-partitions of n called Kleshchev multipartitions.
Kashiwara and Zelevinsky involutions in affine type A
On the other hand, Dipper, James and Mathas’ Specht module theory gives us a combinatorial construction of simple modules of cyclotomic Hecke algebras, and they exhaust all the simple modules of the affine Hecke algebra.
The modular branching rule for affine Hecke algebras of type A
Graham and Lehrer: it has the Specht module theory developped by Dipper, James and Mathas.
The modular branching rule for affine Hecke algebras of type A
We are mainly working with Hecke algebras of type A and type B , and this research is driven by Dipper and James [DJ1][DJ2].
On the classification of simple modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras of type G(m,1,n) and Kleshchev multipartitions
Some faint LMXBs have luminosities that are not well known due to uncertain distances or emission anisotropies (e.g., in dippers, §1), but many of these are probably weak as well.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries