What does dip mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dip.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dip(noun)

    a depression in an otherwise level surface

    "there was a dip in the road"

  2. dip, angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclination(noun)

    (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

  3. pickpocket, cutpurse, dip(noun)

    a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places

  4. dip(noun)

    tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped

  5. dip(noun)

    a brief immersion

  6. drop, dip, fall, free fall(noun)

    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"

  7. dip(noun)

    a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow

  8. dip, plunge(noun)

    a brief swim in water

  9. dip(verb)

    a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms

  10. dunk, dip, souse, plunge, douse(verb)

    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"

  11. dunk, dip(verb)

    dip into a liquid while eating

    "She dunked the piece of bread in the sauce"

  12. dip(verb)

    go down momentarily

    "Prices dipped"

  13. dip(verb)

    stain an object by immersing it in a liquid

  14. dip(verb)

    take a small amount from

    "I had to dip into my savings to buy him this present"

  15. dim, dip(verb)

    switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam

  16. dip(verb)

    lower briefly

    "She dipped her knee"

  17. dip, sink(verb)

    appear to move downward

    "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line"

  18. dip(verb)

    slope downwards

    "Our property dips towards the river"

  19. dip, douse, duck(verb)

    dip into a liquid

    "He dipped into the pool"

  20. dip(verb)

    place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax

  21. dip(verb)

    immerse in a disinfectant solution

    "dip the sheep"

  22. dip(verb)

    plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container

    "He dipped into his pocket"

  23. dip(verb)

    scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface

    "dip water out of a container"


  1. Dip(n.)

    a hollow or depression in a surface, especially in the ground.

  2. Dip(n.)

    a liquid, in which objects are soaked by dipping; e.g., a parasiticide or insecticide solution into which animals are dipped (see sheep-dip).

  3. Dip(n.)

    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.


  1. dip(Noun)

    A foolish person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dip(verb)

    to plunge or immerse; especially, to put for a moment into a liquid; to insert into a fluid and withdraw again

  2. Dip(verb)

    to immerse for baptism; to baptize by immersion

  3. Dip(verb)

    to wet, as if by immersing; to moisten

  4. Dip(verb)

    to plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair

  5. Dip(verb)

    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. Dip(verb)

    to engage as a pledge; to mortgage

  7. Dip(verb)

    to immerse one's self; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink

  8. Dip(verb)

    to perform the action of plunging some receptacle, as a dipper, ladle. etc.; into a liquid or a soft substance and removing a part

  9. Dip(verb)

    to pierce; to penetrate; -- followed by in or into

  10. Dip(verb)

    to enter slightly or cursorily; to engage one's self desultorily or by the way; to partake limitedly; -- followed by in or into

  11. Dip(verb)

    to incline downward from the plane of the horizon; as, strata of rock dip

  12. Dip(verb)

    to dip snuff

  13. Dip(noun)

    the action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid

  14. Dip(noun)

    inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch

  15. Dip(noun)

    a liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a ladle or spoon

  16. Dip(noun)

    a dipped candle

  17. Origin: [OE. dippen, duppen, AS. dyppan; akin to Dan. dyppe, Sw. doppa, and to AS. dpan to baptize, OS. dpian, D. doopen, G. taufen, Sw. dpa, Goth. daupjan, Lith. dubus deep, hollow, OSlav. dupl hollow, and to E. dive. Cf. Deep, Dive.]


  1. Dip

    In Catalan myth, Dip is an evil, black, hairy dog, an emissary of the Devil, who sucks people's blood. Like other figures associated with demons in Catalan myth, he is lame in one leg. Dip is pictured on the escutcheon of Pratdip.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dip

    dip, v.t. to dive or plunge into any liquid for a moment: to lower and raise again (as a flag): to baptise by immersion.—v.i. to sink: to enter slightly: to look cursorily: to incline downwards:—pr.p. dip′ping; pa.p. dipped.—n. inclination downwards: a sloping: (geol.) the angle a stratum of rock makes with a horizontal plane: a bath: a candle made by dipping a wick in tallow.—Dip of the horizon, the angle of the horizon below the level of the eye; Dip of the needle, the angle a balanced magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon, measured by the Dipping needle, or Compass. [A.S. dyppan, causal of dýpan, to plunge in—deóp, deep; cf. Dan. dyppe; Ger. taufen, to immerse.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. dip

    In naval mine warfare, the amount by which a moored mine is carried beneath its set depth by a current or tidal stream acting on the mine casing and mooring.

Editors Contribution

  1. dip

    A type of homemade food and food product created and processed in various food colors, flavors, ingredients and recipes, sold as a product with a specific consistency and in a form of packaging.

    Some people love to buy a container of dip as it is popular to eat with nachos, crisps, tacho and a variety of other foods.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on February 22, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dip' in Verbs Frequency: #1004

Anagrams for dip »

  1. DPI, dpi, IDP, PDI, PID

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dip in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dip in a Sentence

  1. Lars Westerlund:

    People get less sick when they dip.

  2. Logic Investments ' Ryan Mitchell:

    I'd still be looking to buy the market on the dip.

  3. Natalie Dautovich:

    Most people experience a dip in energy and alertness in the early to mid-afternoon.

  4. Matt Sutton:

    They would dip it in tea to make it look more yellowed so that it looks like it’s older.

  5. Cynthia Sass:

    So when you make a white bean dip or black bean hummus, you're really using the whole bean.

Images & Illustrations of dip

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Translations for dip

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  • غطسArabic
  • откос, топвам, топване, спусканеBulgarian
  • Ölmessstab, stippen, Absenkung, prüfen, Tauchen, eintunken, Ölstand, Dip, Baden, abblenden, Tunke, Schwimmen, eintachen, Soße, Senke, Messstab, tunken, EichmaßGerman
  • trempiEsperanto
  • salsa, mojar, dipSpanish
  • خیس شدنPersian
  • kylvettää, tikku, nuuskata, öljytikku, [[tarkistaa]] [[öljyt]], notkahtaa, dipata, painauma, pulahdus, kastaa, laskea, [[vaihtaa]] [[lähivaloille]], kylpy, dippikastikeFinnish
  • baigner, tremperFrench
  • מטבלHebrew
  • mártásHungarian
  • vasca, avvallamentoItalian
  • kakariMāori
  • dyppeNorwegian
  • mergulhar, imergirPortuguese
  • окунуть, впадина, углубление, макать, щуп, окунать, дип, макнуть, соусRussian
  • doppSwedish
  • joshoSwahili
  • blunönVolapük

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