• A Dip in the Hog's Back
    A Dip in the Hog's Back
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dip stain an object by immersing it in a liquid
    • v dip go down momentarily "Prices dipped"
    • v dip dip into a liquid while eating "She dunked the piece of bread in the sauce"
    • v dip scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface "dip water out of a container"
    • v dip immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate "dip the garment into the cleaning solution","dip the brush into the paint"
    • v dip plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container "He dipped into his pocket"
    • v dip immerse in a disinfectant solution "dip the sheep"
    • v dip place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax
    • v dip dip into a liquid "He dipped into the pool"
    • v dip slope downwards "Our property dips towards the river"
    • v dip appear to move downward "The sun dipped below the horizon","The setting sun sank below the tree line"
    • v dip lower briefly "She dipped her knee"
    • v dip switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
    • v dip take a small amount from "I had to dip into my savings to buy him this present"
    • n dip a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms
    • n dip a brief swim in water
    • n dip a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow
    • n dip a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity "a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index","there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery","a dip in prices","when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
    • n dip a brief immersion
    • n dip tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped
    • n dip a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places
    • n dip (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
    • n dip a depression in an otherwise level surface "there was a dip in the road"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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
    • Dip a pickpocket.
    • Dip A dipped candle.
    • Dip A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the performer, resting on his hands, lets his arms bend and his body sink until his chin is level with the bars, and then raises himself by straightening his arms.
    • Dip a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the ground.
    • Dip A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a ladle or spoon.
    • Dip a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals are dipped (see sheep-dip).
    • Dip a sauce into which foods are dipped to enhance the flavor; e. g., an onion dip made from sour cream and dried onions, into which potato chips are dipped.
    • Dip (Aëronautics) A sudden drop followed by a climb, usually to avoid obstacles or as the result of getting into an airhole.
    • dip etc. See under Amplitude Attraction, etc.
    • Dip In the turpentine industry, the viscid exudation, which is dipped out from incisions in the trees; as, virgin dipthe runnings of the first year), yellow dipthe runnings of subsequent years.
    • Dip Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.
    • Dip The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid. "The dip of oars in unison."
    • Dip To dip snuff.
    • Dip To engage as a pledge; to mortgage. "Live on the use and never dip thy lands."
    • Dip To enter slightly or cursorily; to engage one's self desultorily or by the way; to partake limitedly; -- followed by in or into. "Dipped into a multitude of books."
    • Dip To immerse for baptism; to baptize by immersion.
    • Dip To immerse one's self; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink. "The sun's rim dips ; the stars rush out."
    • Dip To incline downward from the plane of the horizon; as, strata of rock dip .
    • Dip To perform the action of plunging some receptacle, as a dipper, ladle. etc.; into a liquid or a soft substance and removing a part. "Whoever dips too deep will find death in the pot."
    • Dip To pierce; to penetrate; -- followed by in or into. "When I dipt into the future."
    • Dip To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair. "He was . . . dipt in the rebellion of the Commons."
    • Dip To plunge or immerse; especially, to put for a moment into a liquid; to insert into a fluid and withdraw again. "The priest shall dip his finger in the blood.""Wat'ry fowl] now dip their pinions in the briny deep.""While the prime swallow dips his wing."
    • Dip To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; -- often with out; as, to dip water from a boiler; to dip out water.
    • Dip To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten. "A cold shuddering dew Dips me all o'er."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven dipped his head in cold water before he composed.
    • dip To plunge or immerse temporarily in water or other liquid, or into something containing it; lower into and then raise from water or other liquid: as, to dip a person in baptism; to dip a boat's oars; to dip one's hands into water.
    • dip To lower and raise as if in temporary immersion; hence, to perform by a downward and an upward movement: as, to dip a flag in salutation; the falcon dipped his wings for flight; to dip a courtesy.
    • dip To raise or take up by a dipping action; lift by bailing or scooping: as, to dip water out of a boat; to dip out soup with a ladle; to dip up sand with a bucket.
    • dip To immerse or submerge partly; plunge or sink to some extent into water; hence, to plunge, as a person, into anything that involves activity or effort, as difficulties or entanglements; engage; entangle.
    • dip To engage as a pledge: generally used for the first mortgage.
    • dip To plunge into; begin to sink into or be immersed in.
    • dip To affect as if by immersion; moisten; wet.
    • dip To plunge into water or other liquid and quickly emerge.
    • dip To plunge one's finger or hand, or a dipper, ladle, or the like, into anything; make a transitory plunge or entrance; hence, to engage or interest one's self temporarily or to a slight extent: with in or into: as, to dip into speculation.
    • dip To incline downward; sink, as if below the horizon: as, the magnetic needle dips: specifically, in geology, said of strata which are not horizontal.
    • n dip The act of dipping; immersion for a short time in water or other liquid; a plunge; a bath: as, the dip of the oars; a dip in the sea.
    • n dip That which is dipped; specifically, a candle made by dipping a wick repeatedly in melted tallow.
    • n dip The act of dipping up, as with a ladle or dipper: as, to take a dip from the bowl.
    • n dip Inclination downward; a sloping; a direction below a horizontal line; depression.
    • n dip Specifically— In geology, the angle which a stratum of rock makes with a horizontal plane. The dip is the complement of the hade or underlay. See these words.
    • n dip In mining: A heading driven to the dip in mines in which the beds of coal have a steep inclination. Also called dip-head. Rarely, a heading driven to the rise.
    • n dip In telegraphy, the distance from a point in a wire midway between two adjacent supports to the middle point of a straight line joining the points on these supports to which the wire is attached
    • n dip A correction to be applied to the altitude of heavenly bodies observed at sea, varying according to the height of the observer's eye.
    • n dip Any liquid into which something is to be dipped.
    • n dip Specifically— Drawn butter, or milk thickened with flour, served with toast.
    • n dip A sauce served with puddings.
    • n dip A pickpocket.
    • dip To submerge (an animal, as sheep, except the head) in a warm decoction of sulphur, tobacco, or the like, for the destruction of injurious parasites and germs of skin-diseases.
    • dip In the manufacture of turpentine, to gather resin from boxes or cups.
    • n dip In ceramics, a preparation of colored slip for decorating pottery. See dip-ware.
    • n dip A small dumpling made of batter dropped into boiling water a spoonful at a time and boiled for about five minutes. Usually in the plural.
    • n dip Vertical distance below a given level.
    • n dip A depression or sink on the surface of the earth.
    • n dip Crude turpentine.
    • n dip Among stock-breeders, ‘tinge’ or ‘touch,’ that is, a slight strain, of another breed or variety.
    • n dip The depth to which anything is submerged, as a floating vessel, the floats or buckets of a paddle-wheel, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 28% of us have skinny-dipped. 14% with the opposite sex.
    • v.t Dip dip to dive or plunge into any liquid for a moment: to lower and raise again (as a flag): to baptise by immersion
    • v.i Dip to sink: to enter slightly: to look cursorily: to incline downwards:—pr.p. dip′ping; pa.p. dipped
    • n Dip inclination downwards: a sloping:
    • n Dip (geol.) the angle a stratum of rock makes with a horizontal plane: a bath: a candle made by dipping a wick in tallow
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dippen, duppen, AS. dyppan,; akin to Dan. dyppe, Sw. doppa, and to AS. dpan, to baptize, OS. dpian, D. doopen, G. taufen, Sw. döpa, Goth. daupjan, Lith. dubus, deep, hollow, OSlav. dupl, hollow, and to E. dive,. Cf. Deep Dive


In literature:

Being cut abruptly across, they can be used as small scrubbing brushes after dipping in the hot water.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
There's a horse saddled in the dip back of the hill crest.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Addison was dipping the meal out and putting it up in the empty bag.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Then, as they dipped behind a rise, those who were left glanced at one another.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
There was nothing remarkable about the pen, excepting that it had been dipped too deeply in the ink, but it was proud of that.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Seth turned to the paper and dipped his pen in the ink.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Dipping his handkerchief over the side, he gently sponged Charley's pale face with it.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Clothes dipped in cold vinegar and applied externally.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The sun had dipped behind the bluff, and the sky had become a vast green transparency.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
Dip the cover-glass into a beaker containing hot water in order to remove some of the vaseline adhering to it.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre

In poetry:

Dip your pen in gold
before you grow too old
and ignore those who guld
the unwary.
"Dip your pen in gold" by Patience Strong
It is good to love again;
Scan the renovated skies,
Dip and drive the idling pen,
Sweetly tint the paling lies.
"Recurrence" by Dorothy Parker
Oh, yes, dip your pen in gold
before you grow too old
before you grow too old
before you, indeed, grow too old.
"Dip your pen in gold" by Patience Strong
And much that prudence will not dip
The pen to fix and send away,
Passed safely over from the lip
That summer day.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
To let the wherry listless go,
And, wrapt in dreamy joy,
Dip, and surge idly to and fro,
Like the red harbor-buoy;
"Piscataqua River" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Across the meadows on yon lake,
Dip silently the oar,
Sweet music with the zither make,
While songs awake the shore.
"Outing Song" by George Hannibal Temple

In news:

Legislature, pension board study issue of ' double dipping '.
" Double-dipping " - that is, retiring, then going back to work and collecting both a full pension and a full government paycheck - is supposed to be prohibited for state employees in West Virginia.
Double dipping is costly to the taxpayer, hurts the unemployed and should be eliminated at all levels.
Double-dipping despite pension reform efforts.
New analysis by our media partner The San Jose Mercury News shows pension reform efforts are doing very little to address double-dipping , which is not illegal, but can cost communities big bucks.
Senator Rogers' attorney denies allegation of ' double dipping .
AG investigates lawmaker's possible double dipping .
At a Maine superintendents' meeting in January 2011, Webster voiced his opposition to double-dipping .
Even though the School Committee has no policy on prohibiting double-dipping , Webster has the authority to decline to rehire retirees.
Governor Christie loves to blast double-dipping Democratic lawmakers who defy him.
The governor also loves to praise double-dipping Democratic lawmakers who support him.
Tax-free weekend means double-dipping for cps energy customers.
Our recent story delved in to allegations of double dipping in the Richmond Public School system.
Why Is the UK Double-Dipping .
A federal judge indicated Wednesday that he intends to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Waco and a Waco police commander filed by seven officers arrested in a double-dipping scandal in 2009.

In science:

But this aging is still imprinted and a dip of χ′′wait created in the cooling stage is exactly recovered in the reheating stage (memory effect).
Numerical Study of Aging in the Generalized Random Energy Model
Unfortunately, this dip in the susceptibility would be hard to observe because of the low temperatures needed.
Spin Reduction Transition in Spin-3/2 Random Heisenberg Chains
This shows that µ0 dIP is an invariant measure for the process (T Xn ω)n≥0 .
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
To this end, denote the transition probability of the process of the environment viewed from the particle by π(ω , A) = X| e |≤M and define the operator Π, acting on measures, as ΠIP(A) = Z π(ω , A)dIP(ω).
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
The dip at the Solar position, x = −8 kpc, is due to undersampling.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar