Slip v. i. [imp. & p. p. Slipped p. pr. & vb. n. Slipping.]
1. To move along the surface of a thing without bounding, rolling, or stepping; to slide; to glide.
2. To slide; to lose one's footing or one's hold; not to tread firmly; as, it is necessary to walk carefully lest the foot should slip.
3. To move or fly (out of place); to shoot; -- often with out, off, etc.; as, a bone may slip out of its place.
4. To depart, withdraw, enter, appear, intrude, or escape as if by sliding; to go or come in a quiet, furtive manner; as, some errors slipped into the work.
Thus one tradesman slips away,
To give his partner fairer play. --Prior.
Thrice the flitting shadow slipped away. --Dryden.
5. To err; to fall into error or fault.
There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart. --Ecclus. xix. 16.
To let slip, to loose from the slip or noose, as a hound; to allow to escape.
Cry, =\“Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war.\= --Shak.
n 1: a socially awkward or tactless act [syn: faux pas, gaffe,
2: a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or
writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc. [syn:
slip-up, miscue, parapraxis]
3: potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or
4: a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a
plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
5: a young and slender person; "he's a mere slip of a lad"
6: a place where a craft can be made fast [syn: mooring, moorage,
7: an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall; "he
blamed his slip on the ice"; "the jolt caused many slips
and a few spills" [syn: trip]
8: a slippery smoothness; "he could feel the slickness of the
tiller" [syn: slickness, slick, slipperiness]
9: artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material [syn:
10: a small sheet of paper; "a receipt slip" [syn: slip of
11: a woman's sleeveless undergarment [syn: chemise, shimmy,
shift, teddies, teddy]
12: bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar
carried his loot in a pillowcase" [syn: case, pillowcase,
13: an unexpected slide [syn: skid, sideslip]
14: a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air [syn:
15: the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning) [syn: elusion,
v 1: move stealthily; "The ship slipped away in the darkness"
2: insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly; "He slipped
some money into the waiter's hand"
3: move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled
manner; "the wheels skidded against the sidewalk" [syn: skid,
slue, slew, slide]
4: get worse; "My grades are slipping" [syn: drop off, drop
away, fall away]
5: move smoothly and easily
6: to make a mistake or be incorrect [syn: err, mistake]
7: pass on stealthily; "He slipped me the key when nobody was
looking" [syn: sneak]
8: pass out of one's memory [syn: slip one's mind]
9: move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial
hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically" [syn:
dislocate, luxate, splay]
[also: slipping, slipped]
adj : moving as on a slippery surface; "his slipping and
slithering progress over the ice" [syn: slithering]