- 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
before 1000; Middle English dryppe, Old English dryppan; cf. drop
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- (of paint) specially formulated to minimize dripping during application
- 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
Old English dryppan, from dropa drop
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Word Origin and History for nondrip
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of forming and falling in drops.
- Moisture or liquid such as medication that falls in drops.
- To fall in drops.
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