• A Dip in the Hog's Back
    A Dip in the Hog's Back
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dipping The act of inclining downward.
    • Dipping The act of lifting or moving a liquid with a dipper, ladle, or the like.
    • Dipping The act or process of immersing.
    • Dipping The practice of taking snuff by rubbing the teeth or gums with a stick or brush dipped in snuff.
    • Dipping The process of cleaning or brightening sheet metal or metalware, esp. brass, by dipping it in acids, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The oldest roller coaster in the world is the Leap-The-Dips roller coaster located in Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania. The roller coaster was built in 1902
    • n dipping The act of plunging or immersing.
    • n dipping Specifically Baptism by immersion.
    • n dipping The process of brightening ornamental brass-work, usually by first “pickling” it in dilute nitric acid, next scouring it with sand and water, and afterward plunging it for an instant only in a bath consisting of pure nitric acid.
    • n dipping A composition of boiled oil and grease, used in Scotland by curriers for softening leather and making it more fit for resisting dampness: in England called dubbing.
    • n dipping The washing of sheep to cleanse the fleece before shearing.
    • n dipping In ceramics, the process of coating a coarse clay body with enamel or slip of a fine quality by plunging the vessel into the liquid material for the coating, or of covering stoneware with a glaze. Each piece is generally dipped by hand, and a skilful workman is able to give a uniform coating of the covering material to the whole piece at a single plunge. As soon as dipped, the piece is taken to the drying-house or hothouse.
    • n dipping A mode of taking snuff by rubbing it on the teeth and gums. See to dip snuff, under dip, V. t.
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    “Your dips an falls do not confound me, half as much as your heights astound me.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents , or my own?”


Dip your toes in the water - If you dip your toes in the water, you try something tentatively because you are not sure whether it will work or not.


In literature:

For fried mush let it get cold, then cut in slices, dip in flour and fry in suet until brown.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
The dipping of the instrument in oil, and the subsequent precautions, prevented the entrance of oxygen.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Into this the mother dips her finger and paints a cross upon the sleeping babe's forehead.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
When drinking, it dips its paw, curved into the shape of a spoon, into the water, and thus brings the liquid to its mouth.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
What's the use of our working like beavers for ten days to dip the flock if we don't have to?
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
The plane dipped noticeably.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
After about a mile on the hills, they dipped down a steep sandy path that led to the shore.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
She dipped into it with a straw.
"Stubble" by George Looms
It was a small one, and at once dipped below the surface.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
He dipped his hand into the pool of the spring and lifted the water to cool his sweating face.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton

In poetry:

``The water—ouzels dip and shoot
Amid your flashing spray,
Where flapping heron, skimming coot,
Forage, and pair, and play.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
And up on the yellow cliff
The long corn flickers and shakes;
Push, for the wind holds stiff,
And the gunwale dips and rakes.
"A Song in Time of Order. 1852" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Koola, our love and our light,
What have they done unto you?
Man of the star-reaching sight,
Dipped in the fire and the dew.
"Aboriginal Death Song" by Henry Kendall
Down into the forest dipping,
Deep and deeper as we go,
One might fancy dryads slipping
Where the white-stemmed birches grow.
"The Forest Path" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The stormy billows heave and dip,
The wild winds veer and play;
But, regnant all, God's stately ship
Is steering home this way!
"Our Ship" by George MacDonald
Dear Sir, though my language is low,
Let me dip in Pierian pools:
My verses are only so so,
But I hope I have kept to the rules.
"The Ballade of the Incompetent Ballade-Monger" by James Kenneth Stephen

In news:

Take a dip into Indonesia with savory peanut sauce.
Now I'm wondering if you know how to make the peanut sauce for dipping you get at Asian restaurants.
Dip into these party options.
Bike Brands Dip Into OR Market.
Sweet potato fries dip into a wide variety of condiments.
Voters dip into pockets for $380M school bond.
Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory.
Bypassing Cottrell, 49ers Dip Into College Ranks for Erickson.
Saturday night small plates at Stubby's dip into charcuterie.
Chitina dip net permits are due back to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game by Oct 15.
Any dip netters who received a permit are required to return it, even if they did not fish or did not catch anything.
Congratulations to Kansas freshman Congressman Kevin Yoder, whose naked dip in the Sea of Galilee earns him a spot in the Inappropriate Behavior Hall of Fame.
PAC Launches Anti- Double Dipping Campaign.
A double take on ' double dipping .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California gas prices dipped half a penny Wednesday, leaving experts split on where they will go next.

In science:

The dip in the velocity vector is an indication that the local flow towards the Great Attractor 8 is counteracted by the Perseus-Pisces complex in the opposite direction.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
Therefore, as observed, the dip is shallower and wider in the former case, and deeper and narrower in the latter one.
CALICE Si/W electromagnetic calorimeter prototype, first testbeam results
The dips at j· j » 0.3 and 0.8 are due to gaps in the muon chamber coverage.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The theory is first worked out in the simple case of a narrow ring and leads to the conclusion that the eccentricity distribution is locally suppressed by the presence of the resonance, creating a dip in the eccentricity at the resonant radius.
The dynamics of eccentric accretion discs in superhump systems
Most noticeable is a dip in al l the spectra around λ = 0.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses