a slender or pointed end or extremity, especially of anything long or tapered: the tips of the fingers.
the top, summit, or apex: the tip of the mountain.
a small piece or part, as of metal or leather, forming or covering the extremity of something: a cane with a rubber tip.
Also called tip-in [tip-in], /ˈtɪpˌɪn/, tip-on [tip-on, -awn] /ˈtɪpˌɒn, -ˌɔn/ . an insert, as an illustration, map, or errata slip, pasted to a page of a book, magazine, etc., usually along the binding margin.
a small, delicate tool made of fine hair cemented between two cards, for applying gold leaf.
to furnish with a tip.
to serve as or form the tip of.
to mark or adorn the tip of.
to remove the tip or stem of (berries or certain fruits or vegetables).
to frost the ends of (hair strands): I'm having my hair cut and tipped tomorrow.
tip in, Bookbinding. to paste the inner margin of (a map, illustration, or other plate) into a signature before gathering.
- tipless, adjective
Other definitions for tip (2 of 4)
to overturn, upset, or overthrow (often followed by over).
to remove or lift (one's hat or cap) in salutation.
British. to empty out (contents) from a container by tilting; dump: The dustmen tipped the rubbish on the municipal dump.Tip the batter into a rectangular baking dish.
to assume a slanting or sloping position; incline.
to tilt up at one end and down at the other; slant.
to be overturned or upset: The car tipped into the ditch.
to tumble or topple (usually followed by over): The lamp on the table tipped over.
the act of tipping.
the state of being tipped.
a dump for refuse, as that from a mine.
Informal. an untidy place, especially a room: They must have packed and left in a rush, because the place is an absolute tip.
- tip·pa·ble, adjective
- un·tip·pa·ble, adjective
Other definitions for tip (3 of 4)
a small present of money given directly to someone for performing a service or menial task; gratuity: He gave the waiter a dollar as a tip.
a piece of private or secret information, as for use in betting, speculating, or writing a news story: a tip from a bookie.
a useful hint or idea; a basic, practical fact: tips on painting.
to give a gratuity to.
to give a gratuity: She tipped lavishly.
tip off, Informal.
to supply with private or secret information; inform.
to warn of impending danger or trouble; caution beforehand: The moonshiners had been tipped off that they were about to be raided.
- tipless, adjective
- tip·pa·ble, adjective
Other definitions for tip (4 of 4)
to strike or hit with a light, smart blow; tap.
Baseball. to strike (the ball) with a glancing blow.
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How to use tip in a sentence
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That’s not to slander machine learning, but nature may have a tip or two to improve the situation.MIT Wants to Put AI in Your Pocket With Confetti-Sized Brain Chip | Jason Dorrier | June 11, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Earlier this year, security at major airports was tightened because of a tip that al-Asiri had been working on a cell phone bomb.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat | Clive Irving | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In total, officers said 600 emails or tip-offs had been received by more than 40 officers working on Operation Fairbank.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys | Nico Hines | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
tip: The narrower upper deck in coach is the better choice because its eight-seat rows cannot be extended.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room | Clive Irving | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One explanation for why the White House was not interested was so as not to tip off Sunni insurgents in Iraq.Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD | Eli Lake | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Servers and restaurant owners occasionally shame those who drastically under-tip.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve | Samantha Allen | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The best pipet is a small glass tube which has been drawn out at one end to a tip with rather small opening.
tip wore leaky boots all last winter, but when spring came he bought Mrs. Pulsifer a sewing machine.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Mrs. Kaye's expressive eyes, which had dwelt on Isabel with flattering attention, fell to the tip of her cigarette.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
The blood is obtained from the finger-tip or the lobe of the ear, as for a blood count; only a very small drop is required.
It should be of rather large caliber, and have an opening in the tip and one or two in the side near the tip.
British Dictionary definitions for tip (1 of 4)
the extreme end of something, esp a narrow or pointed end
the top or summit
a small piece forming an extremity or end: a metal tip on a cane
to adorn or mark the tip of
to cause to form a tip
- tipless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for tip (2 of 4)
to tilt or cause to tilt
(usually foll by over or up) to tilt or cause to tilt, so as to overturn or fall
British to dump (rubbish, etc)
tip one's hat to take off, raise, or touch one's hat in salutation
the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
British a dump for refuse, etc
- tippable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for tip (3 of 4)
a payment given for services in excess of the standard charge; gratuity
a helpful hint, warning, or other piece of information
a piece of inside information, esp in betting or investing
to give a tip to (a person)
British Dictionary definitions for tip (4 of 4)
to hit or strike lightly
to hit (a ball) indirectly so that it glances off the bat in cricket
a light blow
a glancing hit in cricket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with tip
In addition to the idioms beginning with tip
- tip off
- tip of the iceberg
- tip one's hand
- tip the balance
- from head (tip) to toe
- on the tip of one's tongue
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.