- to let drops fall; shed drops: This faucet drips.
- to fall in drops, as a liquid.
- to let fall in drops.
- an act of dripping.
- liquid that drips.
- the sound made by falling drops: the irritating drip of a faucet.
- Slang. an unattractive, boring, or colorless person.
- (in house painting) the accumulation of solidified drops of paint at the bottom of a painted surface.
- Architecture, Building Trades. any device, as a molding, for shedding rain water to keep it from running down a wall, falling onto the sill of an opening, etc.
- a pipe for draining off condensed steam from a radiator, heat exchanger, etc.
- Medicine/Medical. intravenous drip.
- Slang. maudlin sentimentality.
Origin of drip
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Examples from the Web for drip
Mixner would insert it via an IV and hold his friend until the drip was completed.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
But as one Republican consultant put it, “There is a drip drip.”
The artist is allegedly pictured spraying a wall with black paint to create a "drip effect," according to the photographer.Banksy Snapped? This Is Allegedly a Photograph of the Graffiti Artist at Work in New York City
October 25, 2013
Lead acid cells could leak acid, which might drip out of the radio cabinet onto your lovely Persian rug.Whatever Happened to the "B" Battery?
December 21, 2012
However, experts are saying there is no danger to mothe ror unborn child provided fluids and nutrients can be provided by a drip.William Leaves Hospital, Kate on Drip
December 3, 2012
The only sound to be heard was the drip of the chicken juice falling into the pan.Doctor Pascal
On the other hand, he had told her to keep in the dry, and the porch was beginning to drip.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The sun was fierce, the land seemed to glisten and drip with steam.Heart of Darkness
The drip of the fog from the eaves was the only break in the stillness.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Mingling with these is the pleasant drip, drip of the falling water.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- to fall or let fall in drops
- the formation and falling of drops of liquid
- the sound made by falling drops
- architect a projection at the front lower edge of a sill or cornice designed to throw water clear of the wall below
- informal an inane, insipid person
- the usually intravenous drop-by-drop administration of a therapeutic solution, as of salt or sugar
- the solution administered
- the equipment used to administer a solution in this way
Word Origin and History for drip
mid-15c., from drip (v.). The slang meaning "stupid, feeble, or dull person" is first recorded 1932, perhaps from earlier American English slang sense "nonsense" (1919).
- The process of forming and falling in drops.
- Moisture or liquid such as medication that falls in drops.
- To fall in drops.