dipstick

noun
dip·​stick | \ ˈdip-ˌstik How to pronounce dipstick (audio) \

Definition of dipstick

1 : a graduated rod for indicating depth (as of oil in a crankcase)
2 [euphemism for dipshit] : nitwit
3 : a chemically sensitive strip of paper used to identify one or more constituents (such as glucose or protein) of urine by immersion

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Examples of dipstick in a Sentence

Some dipstick cut in front of me on the highway. which dipstick used the good china as a dog dish?
Recent Examples on the Web My 2019 Alfa, with a 2-liter engine, doesn’t have a dipstick to check the oil level. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, "No dipstick ... should I trust Alpha oil level light?," 20 Dec. 2020 Antibody and antigen tests are typically run as lateral flow immunoassays, says Lalli, and—like pregnancy tests—come as a dipstick. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How rapid can coronavirus tests get?," 26 May 2020 Note: Some folks will tip a mower and drain the oil from the dipstick entry, avoiding the need to remove the drain plug. cleveland, "Can coronavirus affect your car? Maintenance is key especially now," 30 Mar. 2020 Traditionally, urinalysis has been performed using test strips; a typical dipstick test, which changes color to reflect a positive or negative reading, costs some five dollars and can be done anywhere. Colton Wooten, The New Yorker, "My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction," 14 Oct. 2019 The mechanic should have checked both the oil capacity and the dipstick. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: He doesn’t want to take parents’ Crown Vic to college," 6 Oct. 2019 Usually, they're diagnosed with a dipstick analysis like the one Price took or by sending the urine sample to a lab to look for bacteria. Suzannah Weiss, chicagotribune.com, "For those suffering from chronic urinary tract pain, new tests bring hope," 5 July 2019 But standard dipstick testing, in which a doctor dips a plastic stick into a urine sample to check it for signs of bacteria in the office, kept coming back negative. Suzannah Weiss, chicagotribune.com, "For those suffering from chronic urinary tract pain, new tests bring hope," 5 July 2019 Then, remove the dipstick from its spot, wipe it off on a clean rag or paper towel, and push it back all the way into its home and pull it back out again. Kyle Westwood, Good Housekeeping, "5 Sneaky Signs Your Car Is About to Break Down," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dipstick

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dipstick was in 1927

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6 Jan 2021

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“Dipstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dipstick. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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dipstick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dipstick

: a long thin piece of metal with marks that are used to show how much of a fluid (such as motor oil) is in a container or an engine
informal : a stupid person

dipstick

noun
dip·​stick | \ ˈdip-ˌstik How to pronounce dipstick (audio) \

Medical Definition of dipstick

: a chemically sensitive strip of paper used to identify one or more constituents (as glucose or protein) of urine by immersion

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