dribble

verb
drib·​ble | \ ˈdri-bəl How to pronounce dribble (audio) \
dribbled; dribbling\ ˈdri-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dribbling (audio) \

Definition of dribble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to issue sporadically and in small bits
2 : to let or cause to fall in drops little by little
3a : to propel by successive slight taps or bounces with hand, foot, or stick dribble a basketball dribble a puck
b : to hit (a ball) without much force so that it bounces slowly along the ground

intransitive verb

1 : to fall or flow in drops or in a thin intermittent stream : trickle
2 : to let saliva trickle from the corner of the mouth : drool
3 : to come or issue in piecemeal or desultory fashion
4a : to dribble a ball or puck
b : to proceed by dribbling
c of a ball : to move with short bounces

dribble

noun

Definition of dribble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tiny or insignificant bit or quantity
2 : a small trickling stream or flow
3 : an act, instance, or manner of dribbling a ball or puck

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Other Words from dribble

Verb

dribbler \ ˈdri-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce dribbler (audio) \ noun

Noun

dribbly \ ˈdri-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dribbly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dribble in a Sentence

Verb Juice dribbled down his chin. She accidentally dribbled wine onto the rug. Dribble olive oil over the warm bread before serving. She dribbled across the basketball court. He skillfully dribbled the soccer ball towards the goal. Noun He wiped a dribble of juice from the corner of the baby's mouth. She gave the ball a dribble before passing it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, Bledsoe inexplicably turned and started dribbling across the court. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eric Bledsoe able to laugh at himself, and tweets, over his inbounding gaffe," 7 Nov. 2019 Moments before that, Deer Park narrowly avoided a seventh service error when a serve hit the net and dribbled over to help score the 24th point. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Deer celebrating bi-district volleyball title and Morvant’s return," 6 Nov. 2019 Smart lobbed him the ball and Tatum faked left, then dribbled right to create space, launching a 21-footer that swished. BostonGlobe.com, "It was one of those nights for Jayson Tatum, the Celtics third-year forward who is soaring toward a maximum contract next summer. Boston’s hopes for reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, to surpass last year’s disappointing finish, is for Tatum to take that next major step to prominence.," 2 Nov. 2019 On the first possession, five Nets defenders milled around the paint with no one guarding Drummond, who was looking for an option while dribbling at the top of the key. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Andre Drummond, Bruce Brown lead ailing Pistons to upset of Nets, 113-109," 2 Nov. 2019 The most challenging trick involved dribbling a child’s soccer ball across the village to score a goal. Kriston Capps, The Atlantic, "The Viral Video Game Where You Play a Horrible Goose," 5 Oct. 2019 In Dawes Park, Doty allegedly approached Tyshawn, talked to him and even dribbled the basketball to gain his trust, prosecutors said. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Jury deliberations begin in trial of one of two men accused of killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee," 3 Oct. 2019 His overall link-up play and finishing were superb as per usual but his creativity and dribbling were a joy to watch. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reus Shines for BVB," 14 Sep. 2019 Antuna added an 82nd-minute goal on a counterattack after Hirving Lozano dribbled by Morales, who returned to the US team for the first time since May 2016. Ronald Blum, BostonGlobe.com, "Mexico proves again that US soccer has a long way to go," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Luckily, dad Prince Harry was on hand to deal with the dribble. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Shares Her Very Personal Nickname for Her Mother-in-Law, the Queen!," 30 Oct. 2019 Dan Ninkovich, a fitness trainer who has worked with Hughes for five years, compared the way the youngster changed directions while handling the puck to a crossover dribble in basketball. Joe Lemire, New York Times, "Next N.H.L. First for Jack Hughes: A Game Against His Brother," 19 Oct. 2019 Worked on some stuff off the dribble, driving and closing out, different finishes. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ raise expectations for Jakob Poeltl after last year’s playoffs," 9 Oct. 2019 With three sets of eyes on Korver and Darren Collison occupied in the corner by Smith, James was able to attack Bojan Bogdanvic off the dribble for the layup without any help coming over to defend at the rim. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers keep their composure, play like a true team in must-win Game 4: Chris Fedor," 23 Apr. 2018 Or speed-dribble between your legs waiting for the moment to rise up. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State basketball has a secret weapon in Marcus Bingham," 12 July 2019 Russell was able to create his own offense off the dribble in the pick-and-roll and get the ball to open teammates, especially those cutting (1.3 points per possessions) to the basket. Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "Analysis: The Golden State Warriors’ demise has been greatly exaggerated," 3 July 2019 From June through October, cattle graze in the dewy fields nurtured by the dribbles of Whitcomb and Chipmunk springs. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Shady, easy-to-navigate forest trail leads to big mountain views," 21 June 2019 Has the ability to score off the dribble and make plays. Dan Loumena, latimes.com, "NBA draft 2019 recap: Pick-by-pick analysis starting with Zion Williamson," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of dribble

Verb

circa 1589, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dribble

Verb

frequentative of drib to dribble

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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for dribble

The first known use of dribble was circa 1589

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More Definitions for dribble

dribble

verb
How to pronounce dribble (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dribble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fall or flow in small drops
: to let (a liquid) fall in small drops
: to let saliva or another liquid drip or trickle from your mouth

dribble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dribble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small flow of liquid
: an act of moving a ball or puck forward by tapping, bouncing, or kicking it

dribble

verb
drib·​ble | \ ˈdri-bəl How to pronounce dribble (audio) \
dribbled; dribbling

Kids Definition of dribble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fall or let fall in small drops : trickle Water dribbled out of the crack.
2 : to let saliva or other liquid drip or trickle from the mouth
3 : to move forward by bouncing, tapping, or kicking dribble a basketball

dribble

noun

Kids Definition of dribble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a trickling flow
2 : the act of moving a ball or puck forward by bouncing, kicking, or tapping it

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