Adjective "Dipping" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Put or let something down quickly or briefly in or into (liquid)
  1. 'The membrane is then dipped into a solution containing the probes for the gene which is being sought.'
  2. 'Have each child dip his hand in brown paint on press onto one side of the paper.'
  3. 'As per the story, chefs dipping fingers into their culinary creations to test them, still wearing jewellery while cooking, not wiping down chopping boards between meats etc., you get to see it all.'
  4. 'You will have spent the last two months collecting pine cones of uniform size and dipping them in gold paint (they're 10 for a pound in Matalan, but that's not the point).'
  5. 'Thetis gives birth to a son, Achilles, whom she attempts to make immortal by dipping him in the magical waters of the River Styx.'
  6. 'Test strips have a double square design and can be read 15 seconds after dipping into the wound fluid.'
  7. 'She dipped it in the salty water, cringing, and moved it back and forth, spreading the blood.'
  8. 'The printer first dips the block in the colour and places it on the fabric.'
  9. 'The supermarkets demand that all bananas must be dipped in fungicide.'
  10. 'Following each five piercings, the needle was dipped into a small vial containing 0 • 1 mL chloroform.'
  11. 'In particular, we are concerned that some farmers have been using unauthorised chemicals to dip sheep or letting freshly dipped sheep access streams.'
  12. 'In fact every sheep, whatever its age, would be dipped in a plunge bath containing the correct solution of a ministry approved scab dip.'
  13. 'So it was decided to make the Christmas-tree candles by dipping.'
  14. 'Most Western Reserve families during the mid-19th century manufactured candles by dipping outdoors or in the kitchen.'
Put a hand or implement into (a bag or container) in order to take something out.
  1. 'She dipped into her purse and pulled out ten dollars; she was blissful and her boyfriend was in shock.'
  2. 'Using a large metal scoop, he dipped into the barrel and poured some dark colored beans into his cupped hand.'
  3. 'The VHI board has criticised the Tánaiste's move, saying it had been dipping into its reserves since September 2004 in the expectation it would receive the windfall from its rival.'
  4. 'By dipping into its reserves, and raising taxes and municipal service fees, the city has found $15 million, but must borrow another $4 million.'
  5. 'He used his salary and dipped into his personal finances for official duties.'
  6. 'The increase is being financed by dipping into funds dedicated to medical purchases, a move that pits workers against social security recipients.'
  7. 'Too pained, too drunk to turn up to his labouring jobs, he dips into the $4,000 he had saved to buy her a diamond ring.'
  8. 'But I'm not a fan the White House's refusal to acknowledge that they are dipping into the Social Security surplus, perhaps even more so than projected.'
  9. 'Most were not wealthy, and many were pensioners dipping into their savings rather than face long waits for operations.'
  10. 'Since then, only Sri Lanka has dipped into the funds by spending 4.5 million yen to buy nine used trucks to clean septic tanks.'
  11. 'But Bradford Council's ruling Tory group is trying to keep the authority's share of the council tax down to 1.58 per cent rise partly by keeping pay increases down and dipping into its reserves.'
  12. 'But the Bush plan panders to the fears of retirees and workers while his administration dips into the program's trust fund to help pay for its tax cut and war spending.'
  13. 'a reference work to dip into time and time again'
  14. 'Bishop is exactly right; the book should be dipped into so that the reader can flip through the pages and find pleasure in the voices that come through the essays, published over a long and productive career.'
  15. 'Alexander Games, who compiled the anthology, obviously intended it to be dipped into rather than read straight through.'
  16. 'It is also very detailed, and, except for the specialist, for dipping into rather than cover to cover reading.'
  17. 'In this great plum pudding of a book a reader dips into its pages to find unexpected treasures alongside familiar figures.'
  18. 'This is a book to dip into, rather than read at a gallop.'
  19. 'On dipping into it, this seems one of those annoying books that settles for repeatedly stating the blindingly obvious in prose riddled with so much motivational jargon you just might, on a tired day, mistake it for having something to say.'
  20. 'I just hope that they actually read it instead of dipping into it, though the excellence of the index may well encourage the latter.'
  21. 'Instead dip into it, flip through the pages, check out your favourite topics first and then move onto the rest.'
  22. 'I've enjoyed what I've read of the book so far - I plan to dip into it in small measures.'
  23. 'I've been reading Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle and dipping into his correspondence.'
Sink, drop, or slope downwards.
  1. 'the road dipped down to the bridge'
  2. 'The sun had dipped behind the pines on the hill crests.'
  3. 'Moving back and forth over the bridge, the camera will dip wildly and sink if the exact center focal point of the camera is not fixed on the bridge.'
  4. 'Suddenly the singer's face dips into her hands and her voice chokes.'
  5. 'Fatty's shoulders dip downwards and Shannon just watches her sister cry with a blank expression.'
  6. 'And at long last, the sun finally dipped below the horizon.'
  7. 'The sun had dipped below the horizon much earlier, but it was a warm night for the end of September so the carnival stayed busy until its closing at nine o'clock.'
  8. 'From June 6 to July 7 the sun never sets, Peter says, dipping to the horizon then rising once more high overhead.'
  9. 'In the final minute of the half, O'Neill's mazy run and cheeky chip deserved a goal, but the ball didn't dip in time to drop under the bar.'
  10. 'In the final scene the camera follows the course of a wire down a telephone pole and out to the fellow's tombstone where it dips into the earth and apparently down to his casket.'
  11. 'the president's popularity has dipped'
  12. 'European mobile telecom stocks dipped on Tuesday morning after Finnish bellwether Nokia said that fourth quarter sales may fall below expectations.'
  13. 'Yet, there are enough Labour rebels that if the margin of victory dips below the triple digits and gets anywhere close to 50, the pressure on Blair to give way to Brown will be great.'
  14. 'However, Cresson's popularity immediately began to dip, as did Mitterrand's own ratings once the temporary boost of the Gulf War disappeared.'
  15. 'The first is aimed at those who cannot afford for the value of the fund to dip below the amount of cash initially invested.'
  16. 'When Jordan was injured and missed most of the 1985-1986 season, Nike's stock dipped.'
  17. 'On this basis the corporation could still claim to be providing a service that most people want and value highly, even if the figures for audience share dipped below 30 per cent.'
  18. 'The Met Office issued a severe weather warning predicting temperatures would dip below freezing overnight leading to icy stretches on untreated roads.'
  19. 'The amount may dip to a tiny fraction of a percent if the idea represents a slight improvement in an established product, such as a better knob in a car.'
  20. 'One interesting fact here is that it seems that there is a floor effect with the ratio never dipping below 5.'
  21. 'When carbohydrate content of the diet dipped below 200 kcal, T3 levels fell substantially.'
  22. 'the plane dipped its wings'
  23. 'The sailors let out a lusty cheer and one of the planes dipped his wings in reply.'
  24. 'Once you learn the basics you can get creative with hot hip movements, low dips and fast spins.'
  25. 'She dipped her head, sniffed the ground and then moved into the cave.'
  26. 'Again, dip the headlights as soon as you notice another vehicle coming in the opposite direction and when closely following vehicles ahead.'
  27. 'B-Xenon headlamps offer main and dipped beam from a single bulb, which is new.'
  28. 'At night the headlights have an extremely sharp cut-off of illumination on the dipped beams.'
  29. 'The day was just on the turn, a little patch of greying twilight here and there, a few over cautious drivers punctuating the steady procession with dipped beams.'
  30. 'The motorcycle, which had been in good order, had been driven on dipped beam headlights, said TC Taylor.'
  31. 'On the other hand, low beams, which are also called as dipped beams, have stricter control of upward light.'
  32. 'The full light output is used for the main beam and a shutter blocks off part of the light when a dipped beam is required.'
Miss an opportunity; fail.
  1. 'South Africa dipped out of the tournament so long ago - in a quarter-final defeat to New Zealand - it is easy to forget the sort of impact van Niekerk made.'
  2. 'Commentators sympathised with Capriati, saying she had an unfortunate habit of getting close in the big ones, then dipping out.'
Pick (someone's pocket).
  1. 'The difficulty of dipping a pocket mainly depends on how tight it is, and front pockets are often looser than hip pockets.'


A brief swim.
  1. 'Swimmers saw in the New Year by taking an icy dip in the River Wharfe and an equally chilly plunge into White Wells bath-house.'
  2. 'And he enjoys the occasional dip to this day - when the weather is warm enough.'
  3. 'Who among us does not enjoy a dip in a cool lake after a long portage or hike?'
  4. 'University of Florida researchers have confirmed what avid swimmers already know: A dip in the pool works up an appetite.'
  5. 'Barbara and Shane went for an early afternoon dip in the open air pool.'
  6. 'There will also be an opportunity for the guests to fly kites, take a dip in the sea or the resort pool.'
  7. '‘Maybe after we're done we'll head over to my house and go for a dip in my pool,’ Benny said.'
  8. 'Now swimming of course can be anything; it could mean going down to the beach and having a bit of a dip, doing lap swimming, or just throwing yourself into the water occasionally.'
  9. 'We would rob the tallest mango trees in the colony of their ripest mangos and often dive into the nearby canal for a cool dip.'
  10. 'You can also take part in the exercise programmes which run in the gym throughout the day, or take a dip in the pool.'
  11. 'After the chipotle topping, we give it a dip in the Belgian chocolate type of your choice.'
  12. 'Drain the bottle and give it a dip in the soda solution.'
  13. 'Give the veggies a quick dip in a large pot of boiling salted water.'
  14. 'But if cypermethrin in the dip leaks into local burns, it can kill insects and fish.'
A thick sauce in which pieces of food are dipped before eating.
  1. 'The split pea and bacon soup was rich and flavourful, but I'd give the goat cheese and artichoke dip a miss - it was bland, and reminded me of those hollowed out goopy spinach dips you see at Christmas parties.'
  2. 'And even though it won't be exactly bean dip, it will be a tasty substitute.'
  3. 'An unusually fluffed-up, subtle hummus dip has a clear, sesame ring to it.'
  4. 'A dressing of soured cream with dill and cucumber topped them off, along with a side dip of that hot chilli sauce - delicious and different.'
  5. 'Check out a sample recipe for sweet onion cheese dip.'
  6. 'The chickpea croquettes called falafel and the ever-popular chickpea dip, hummus, are both very good.'
  7. 'We began with salmon roll sushi which was presented with the Wasabe and soy sauce dip.'
  8. 'This fresh and tasty dip can be eaten with veggies, or spread on toasted bread.'
  9. 'I have to go make homemade guacamole and sun-dried tomato dip, scarf down dinner, vacuum, shower and dress myself.'
  10. 'Be warned that the gentle pizza bread that arrives at all tables, along with a sprightly pesto dip, can ruin your appetite for the pizza to come.'
A brief downward slope followed by an upward one.
  1. 'We specifically avoided the usual low-frequency reactions to a dip in the road by providing highly controlled ride motions.'
  2. 'Cory took several of the fruits and dropped them onto the bowl he'd made in his shirt, and I followed him as he walked over to a dip in the ground.'
  3. 'Just after the bottom of the hill however we slammed into a slight dip in the slope.'
  4. 'He requested that the dangerous dip be taken out of the road at White's Cross, Lower Meelick and that the ditches be cut back to improve visibility at this junction.'
  5. 'From here on, the trail becomes easier to ride - a lot of switchbacks and steep dips, bottoming in hairpin turns.'
  6. 'Each dip and trough of the uneven ground caused her to lurch forward in her seat and rattled her to the core.'
  7. 'Leaving the road, they climbed another hill and found a small dip at the bottom that would be good for sleeping.'
  8. 'As we reached the dip before the main road away from the lake, the car slid into an embankment.'
  9. 'At the end of a stand of trees, there was a slight dip, and at the bottom of that dip stood a white stone building.'
  10. 'Surface flow normally begins in just a few areas, especially dips or hollows near the stream.'
  11. 'a dip in the share price'
  12. 'Cheung's external stillness demonstrates just how she is able to convey a range of tamped-down emotions with the merest of movements - a dip of the head, a sashay of the hips.'
The extent to which something is angled downward from the horizontal.
  1. 'This section is similar in character and dip, and lies upsection from site B2.'
  2. 'The variation in dip and orientation of the foliation within the body defines a broad D3 antiform.'
  3. 'However, he had no idea what this dip might be elsewhere on Earth.'
  4. 'As the airplane turns, the force that results from the magnetic dip causes the float assembly to swing in the same direction that the float turns.'
  5. 'Seismic reflection data from NW James Ross Island show maximum dips of 15 to the SE in the subsurface, indicating that the steep dips are confined to a zone close to the basin margin.'
  6. 'It is now commonly accepted that the dip of the steeper part of a listric normal fault is approximately 60 deg.'
  7. 'When the fore and back horizons are brought into line, the sextant reading is twice the angle of dip, assuming that the sextant is free from index error.'
  8. 'As the resolution of the normal eye in broad daylight is about one minute of arc, this dip is an easily visible angle.'
Powdered or finely cut tobacco that is held in the mouth, typically between the gums and lip, rather than smoked.
    A stupid or foolish person.
    1. 'Joe, you're such a dip.'
    A pickpocket.
    1. '"Without a doubt," I said, "You're the most beautiful dip I've ever encountered."'
    A candle made by immersing a wick repeatedly in hot wax.

      More definitions

      1. to plunge (something, as a cloth or sponge) temporarily into a liquid, so as to moisten it, dye it, or cause it to take up some of the liquid: He dipped the brush into the paint bucket.

      2. to raise or take up by a bailing, scooping, or ladling action: to dip water out of a boat; to dip ice cream from a container.

      3. to lower and raise: to dip a flag in salutation.

      4. to immerse (a sheep, hog, etc.) in a solution to destr

      More examples(as adjective)

      "year-on-years can be dipping."

      "thrusts can be dipping."

      "supports can be dipping."

      "suns can be dipping."

      "stocks can be dipping."

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      (dip)Old English dyppan, of Germanic origin; related to deep.


      dip one's toe into (or in)