- the act of something that drips.
- Often drippings.
- the liquid that drips.
- fat and juices exuded from meat in cooking, used for basting, for making gravy, or as a cooking fat.
Origin of dripping
- 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 dripping
Storey said Wright often returned applications “dripping in red pen.”
One industry executive complained that Wright returned unapproved applications “dripping in red pen.”
Yeonmi gathered clothes from the trash, while her parents collected water from a dripping tap.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
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It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
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By then, dripping with fevered sweat, she would have been inarguably contagious.Ebola in Europe: What Went Wrong
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It was relieving to hurry across the dripping grass toward the barn.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
The dripping of water reached the ear; the smell of dampness the nostrils.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Skim the lard or dripping always before you put in the fish.
If you baste it with any thing else, or with its own dripping, the skin will not be crisp.
To baste it with its own dripping will make the skin tough and hard.
- the fat exuded by roasting meat
- (often plural) liquid that falls in drops
- (intensifier)dripping wet
- 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 dripping
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.