dripping

[drip-ing]

noun

the act of something that drips.
Often drippings.
  1. the liquid that drips.
  2. fat and juices exuded from meat in cooking, used for basting, for making gravy, or as a cooking fat.

Nearby words

  1. drip painting,
  2. drip-dry,
  3. drip-feed,
  4. dripless,
  5. drippage,
  6. dripping pan,
  7. drippy,
  8. dripstone,
  9. dript,
  10. drisheen

Origin of dripping

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at drip, -ing1

drip

[drip]

verb (used without object), dripped or dript, drip·ping.

to let drops fall; shed drops: This faucet drips.
to fall in drops, as a liquid.

verb (used with object), dripped or dript, drip·ping.

to let fall in drops.

noun

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

before 1000; Middle English dryppe, Old English dryppan; cf. drop

Related formsnon·drip, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dripping

dripping

noun

the fat exuded by roasting meat
(often plural) liquid that falls in drops

adverb

(intensifier)dripping wet

drip

verb drips, dripping or dripped

to fall or let fall in drops

noun

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
med
  1. the usually intravenous drop-by-drop administration of a therapeutic solution, as of salt or sugar
  2. the solution administered
  3. the equipment used to administer a solution in this way

Word Origin for drip

Old English dryppan, from dropa drop

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Word Origin and History for dripping
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Medicine definitions for dripping

drip

[drĭp]

n.

The process of forming and falling in drops.
Moisture or liquid such as medication that falls in drops.

v.

To fall in drops.

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