verb (used with object), dipped or (Archaic) dipt; dip·ping.

verb (used without object), dipped or (Archaic) dipt; dip·ping.



    at the dip, Nautical. not fully raised; halfway up the halyard: an answering pennant flown at the dip.Compare close(def 75b).

Origin of dip

before 1000; Middle English dippen (v.), Old English dyppan; akin to German taufen to baptize, and to deep
Related formsdip·pa·ble, adjective, nounun·dipped, adjective

Synonyms for dip

1. duck. 2. scoop. 9. dive.

Synonym study

1. Dip, immerse, plunge refer to putting something into liquid. To dip is to put down into a liquid quickly or partially and lift out again: to dip a finger into water to test the temperature. Immerse denotes a lowering into a liquid until covered by it: to immerse meat in salt water. Plunge adds a suggestion of force or suddenness to the action of dipping: to plunge a chicken into boiling water before stripping off the feathers.
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British Dictionary definitions for magnetic inclination


verb dips, dipping or dipped

to plunge or be plunged quickly or briefly into a liquid, esp to wet or coat
(intr) to undergo a slight decline, esp temporarilysales dipped in November
(intr) to slope downwardsthe land dips towards the river
(intr) to sink or appear to sink quicklythe sun dipped below the horizon
(tr) to switch (car headlights) from the main to the lower beamUS and Canadian word: dim
  1. to immerse (poultry, sheep, etc) briefly in a liquid chemical to rid them of or prevent infestation by insects, etc
  2. to immerse (grain, vegetables, or wood) in a preservative liquid
(tr) to stain or dye by immersing in a liquid
(tr) to baptize (someone) by immersion
(tr) to plate or galvanize (a metal, etc) by immersion in an electrolyte or electrolytic cell
(tr) to scoop up a liquid or something from a liquid in the hands or in a container
to lower or be lowered brieflyshe dipped her knee in a curtsy
(tr) to make (a candle) by plunging the wick into melted wax
(intr) to plunge a container, the hands, etc, into something, esp to obtain or retrieve an objecthe dipped in his pocket for money
(intr; foll by in or into) to dabble (in); play (at)he dipped into black magic
(intr) (of an aircraft) to drop suddenly and then regain height
(intr) (of a rock stratum or mineral vein) to slope downwards from the horizontal
(intr often foll by for) (in children's games) to select (a leader, etc) by reciting any of various rhymes
(tr) slang to pick (a person's) pocket


the act of dipping or state of being dipped
a brief swim in water
  1. any liquid chemical preparation in which poultry, sheep, etc are dipped
  2. any liquid preservative into which objects, esp of wood, are dipped
a preparation of dyeing agents into which fabric is immersed
a depression, esp in a landscape
something taken up by dipping
a container used for dipping; dipper
a momentary sinking down
the angle of slope of rock strata, fault planes, etc, from the horizontal plane
Also called: angle of dip, magnetic dip, inclination the angle between the direction of the earth's magnetic field and the plane of the horizon; the angle that a magnetic needle free to swing in a vertical plane makes with the horizontal
a creamy mixture into which pieces of food are dipped before being eaten
surveying the angular distance of the horizon below the plane of observation
a candle made by plunging a wick repeatedly into wax
a momentary loss of altitude when flying
(in gymnastics) a chinning exercise on the parallel bars
a slang word for pickpocket
See also dip into, dip out

Word Origin for dip

Old English dyppan; related to Old High German tupfen to wash, German taufen to baptize; see deep
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Word Origin and History for magnetic inclination



"stupid person, eccentric person," 1920s slang, perhaps a back-formation from dippy. "Dipshit is an emphatic form of dip (2); dipstick may be a euphemism or may reflect putative dipstick 'penis' " [DAS].



Old English dyppan "immerse, baptize by immersion," from Proto-Germanic *duppjan (cf. Old Norse deypa "to dip," Danish døbe "to baptize," Old Frisian depa, Dutch dopen, German taufen, Gothic daupjan "to baptize"), related to Old English diepan "immerse, dip," and perhaps ultimately to deep. As a noun, from 1590s. Sense of "downward slope" is 1708. Meaning "sweet sauce for pudding, etc." first recorded 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for magnetic inclination

magnetic inclination

The angle that a magnetic needle makes with the horizontal plane at any specific location. The magnetic inclination is 0° at the magnetic equator and 90° at each of the magnetic poles. Also called dip magnetic dip Compare magnetic declination.



The downward inclination of a rock stratum or vein in reference to the plane of the horizon.
See magnetic inclination.
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