Dip v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dipped or Dipt (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Dipping.]
1. 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. --Lev. iv. 6.
[Wat'ry fowl] now dip their pinions in the briny deep. --Pope.
While the prime swallow dips his wing. --Tennyson.
2. To immerse for baptism; to baptize by immersion.
3. To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten. [Poetic]
A cold shuddering dew
Dips me all o'er. --Milton.
4. To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.
He was . . . dipt in the rebellion of the Commons. --Dryden.
5. 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.
6. To engage as a pledge; to mortgage. [Obs.]
Live on the use and never dip thy lands. --Dryden.
Dipped candle, a candle made by repeatedly dipping a wick in melted tallow.
To dip snuff, to take snuff by rubbing it on the gums and teeth. [Southern U. S.]
To dip the colors Naut., to lower the colors and return them to place; -- a form of naval salute.
n 1: a depression in an otherwise level surface; "there was a dip
in the road"
2: (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the
plane of the horizon [syn: angle of dip, magnetic dip,
magnetic inclination, inclination]
3: a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in
public places [syn: pickpocket, cutpurse]
4: tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are
5: a brief immersion
6: 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" [syn: drop, fall, free fall]
7: a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax
8: a brief swim in water [syn: plunge]
9: a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body
is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the
v 1: 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" [syn: dunk, souse, plunge,
2: dip into a liquid while eating; "She dunked the piece of
bread in the sauce" [syn: dunk]
3: go down momentarily; "Prices dipped"
4: stain an object by immersing it in a liquid
5: switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
6: lower briefly; "She dipped her knee"
7: appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon";
"The setting sun sank below the tree line" [syn: sink]
8: slope downwards; "Our property dips towards the river"
9: dip into a liquid; "He dipped into the pool" [syn: douse,
10: of candles; by dipping the wick into hot, liquid wax
11: immerse in a disinfectant solution; "dip the sheep"
12: scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the
surface; "dip water out of a container"
[also: dipping, dipped]
adj : having abnormal sagging of the spine (especially in horses)
[syn: lordotic, swayback, swaybacked]