drip

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verb

dripped; dripping

transitive verb

1
: to let fall in drops
a brush dripping paint
2
: to let out or seem to spill copiously
her voice dripping sarcasm
trees dripping Spanish moss

intransitive verb

1
a
: to let fall drops of moisture or liquid
wet clothes dripping onto the floor
b
: to overflow with or as if with moisture
stories dripping with pop-culture references
toast dripping with butter
2
: to fall in or as if in drops
let the excess drip off
3
: to waft or pass gently
dripper noun

drip

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noun

1
: a part of a cornice or other member that projects to throw off rainwater
also : an overlapping metal strip or an underneath groove for the same purpose
2
a
: a falling in drops
b
: liquid that falls, overflows, or is extruded in drops
a pan to catch drips
3
: the sound made by or as if by falling drops
4
: a device for the administration of a fluid at a slow rate especially into a vein
also : a material so administered
5
: a dull or unattractive person

drip

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adjective

: of, relating to, or being coffee made by letting boiling water drip slowly through finely ground coffee
drip coffee
a drip pot

DRIP

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abbreviation

dividend reinvestment plan

Example Sentences

Verb Water dripped from a leak in the ceiling. Blood dripped down his leg from the cut. Hot wax dripped onto my fingers. The pine trees dripped sap onto the cars. The kids dripped water all over the house. Noun Drips of water fell from a leak in the ceiling. We heard the drip of the rain. the steady drip, drip, drip of the faucet Water fell from the ceiling in a steady drip. The doctor put the patient on a morphine drip to manage the pain. Don't invite that drip to your party! See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Pull up slowly and allow to drip for 5 seconds to remove excess. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 In 2 batches, dip bananas in batter to coat, allowing excess to drip off; place in skillet and cook 4 minutes or until tops and bottoms are golden brown, turning once. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2023 Some spots will experience a light freeze, but no need to drip your faucets. Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2023 Secure the bags with the tape by wrapping them several times around. Remember to drip your indoor faucets and leave your cabinet doors open in the kitchen and bathroom to help prevent indoor pipes from freezing. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 22 Dec. 2022 Chocolate shakes melt and drip down his coat in the freezing cold. Michael Lee Simpson, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2022 Dip cool, dry squash chips in remaining Spiced Syrup and allow excess to drip off until evenly coated. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 This mug is very well sealed and doesn’t drip on its side or when upside down. Tanya Edwards, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2022 In light of this week's arctic freeze, Houston Public Works is instructing all Houston and Harris County residents not to drip their faucets as a way to ward off the possibility of freezing and bursting pipes. Kennedy Sessions, Chron, 22 Dec. 2022
Noun
Legal Twitter was largely aghast at the White House's handling of President Joe Biden's classified document controversy, as a slow-drip drop in the saga continues to unfold. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2023 Saher said this landscape requires light drip irrigation and contributes to cooling through the evapotranspiration of the plants. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 But drip-irrigated and drought-tolerant landscaping only requires 18 gallons per square foot a year. Stephanie Elam, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 Three graphic renderings, a drip-feed of information from the Pentagon and an image of the plane shrouded beneath a sheet in a 2015 Super Bowl ad for Northrop Grumman gave the public a glimpse of its appearance. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 The drip feed of information continued this June when a photo of the profile sans camouflage was revealed. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 28 Sep. 2022 In the days that followed there was a steady drip of further releases, mostly alternate versions of songs from Chinese Democracy. David Peisner, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2022 Leave those faucets at a slow drip to keep water pressure active. Heather Gann | Hgann@al.com, al, 22 Dec. 2022 In-line drip systems are flexible tubing with emitters embedded inside those lines. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022
Adjective
There's also a foil cutter and an aerator with a drip-free spout, plus two stoppers with a pump to preserve unfinished wine. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 7 Dec. 2022 The extra wide handle and non-drip spout make this teapot very comfortable to use. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 According to the brand, this model is quiet and features an anti-drip leaver that helps avoid messes from dripping. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 What's more, the Rowenta is manufactured with an anti-drip system, which stops water from spitting out of the soleplate when the temperature is too low. Janine Henni, PEOPLE.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Over the years, Israel has used technology to transform the Negev, covering more than half the country, into an agricultural region where high-tech, drip-irrigated farms grow crops like cherry tomatoes, melons and dates. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 And then it can be included in a drip-email campaign to engaged followers. Ken Braun, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Unlike standard makers, the sleek machine dispenses individual cups of drip-brew coffee in regular, strong and iced-brew modes in up to three cup sizes. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 Sep. 2021 An anti-drip function helps prevent water from dripping on your clothes, which can cause water rings. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English drippen, from Old English dryppan; akin to Old English dropa drop

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drip was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Drip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drip. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

drip

1 of 2 verb
dripped; dripping
1
: to fall or let fall in or as if in drops
2
: to let fall drops of liquid
a dripping faucet
dripper noun

drip

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: a falling in drops
b
: liquid that drips
2
: the sound made by drops

Medical Definition

drip

1 of 2 verb
dripped; dripping

transitive verb

: to let fall in drops

intransitive verb

1
: to let fall drops of moisture or liquid
2
: to fall in drops

drip

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: a falling in drops see postnasal drip
b
: liquid that falls, overflows, or is extruded in drops
2
: a device for the administration of a fluid at a slow rate especially into a vein
was hooked up to an intravenous drip
also : a material so administered
a glucose drip
see gravity drip

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