drip

verb
\ ˈdrip How to pronounce drip (audio) \
dripped; dripping

Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

1a : 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

drip

noun

Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 4)

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
2a : 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

adjective

Definition of drip (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of DRIP (Entry 4 of 4)

dividend reinvestment plan

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Other Words from drip

Verb

dripper noun

Synonyms for drip

Synonyms: Verb

distill (also distil), dribble, drop, trickle

Synonyms: Noun

bore, drag, droner, dullsville, nudnik (also nudnick), snooze, snoozer, yawn, yawner

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Examples of drip in a Sentence

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!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The theatre seats smelled a little wet, everyone humping their dripping coats over the chair in front. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 My companion ordered a tangy, sauerkraut-dripping Reuben sandwich on local sourdough and jackfruit tacos with snappy jalapeño aioli to go. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 Greco gives the play a magnificently stark staging on a bare stage occasionally illuminated by Hana Kim’s projection design — black-and-white images of thick drops dripping or outlines of people walking on city streets. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Magic Theatre’s barrio ‘Oedipus’ dazzles a decade later," 14 June 2019 And mistakes multiplied as the Obama-Biden administration poured taxpayer cash into countless eco-brainstorms: • $570 million dripped into solar-power company Solyndra. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Waiting to Exhale: Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Anti-CO2 Tax Hike," 7 June 2019 Others lie beneath thin crusts of carbonate minerals deposited by millennia of dripping water, which allowed radiometric dating of the tracks. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "14,000-year-old footprints record an underground Stone Age family outing," 29 May 2019 In another snapshot, presumably from the trip, Ryder leaned down to give his baby sister a kiss on the forehead as both siblings wore swimsuits, Ryder dripping from a recent dip in the water. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Family of Five! Kate Hudson Shares First Photo of All Her Kids and Boyfriend Danny Together," 18 June 2019 My companion ordered a tangy, sauerkraut-dripping Reuben sandwich on local sourdough and jackfruit tacos with snappy jalapeño aioli to go. Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 Porter also donned another red Celestino gown to the Peabody Awards in May. Never afraid of a fashion risk, Porter was dripping in gold at this year's Met Gala. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Billy Porter wore a dress made out of the "Kinky Boots" curtain to the Tony Awards," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The good: The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 brews excellent, sometimes outstanding pots of drip coffee 10 cups at a time. courant.com, "CNET: Best coffeemakers for 2019," 28 June 2019 Working in 3 batches, coat chicken in flour, then egg (letting excess drip off), and then grits (pressing gently to help adhere). Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Spiced Grit-Fried Chicken Cutlets," 28 May 2019 On older faucets, drips can often be stopped by replacing a washer. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix a Clogged Sink and Leaky Faucet," 11 Feb. 2015 Just be careful about drips and little hands near the open heat). Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "What to do with your kids when it rains on summer break," 18 June 2019 Rain drips through holes in the roof and onto shelves of rusted mufflers. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "In a tiny California town ravaged by fire, a muralist finds a calling — and notoriety," 18 June 2019 Rain drips through holes in the roof and onto shelves of rusted mufflers. Laura Newberry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: In a tiny California town ravaged by fire, a muralist finds a calling — and notoriety," 18 June 2019 Drop The Technivorm Moccamaster KBS, a variation of our favorite drip coffee maker, is on sale for $210, a whopping $110 off its full price. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "All the best deals and sales you can shop this week," 17 June 2019 Working in batches, dip pickles in batter, letting excess drip off, and transfer to oil. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Fried Pickles With Buttermilk Ranch," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The cafe serves all the usual suspects here (drip coffee, lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and cold brew), as well as seasonal specialty drinks like lavender lattes and spicy Mexican mochas. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 With beans from respected roasters like Stumptown and Methodical, even a drip coffee here is good. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 For its drip coffee and espresso, Plein Air uses Four Letter Word, while its cold brew comes from Metric. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "What's in a cup? Chicago specialty roasters showcase sips in all shades of black," 9 Nov. 2017 Paint pumpkins either white or gray and drip metallic paint from the stem. Abby Larson, Redbook, "14 Ways to Throw An Adults-Only Halloween Party People Will Actually Enjoy," 31 Aug. 2017 More: Michigan's bench, the 'drip boys,' spark run in Final Four win Backcourt Villanova has the best college point guard in America and arguably the top college basketball player this season in junior Jalen Brunson. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball vs. Villanova: Scouting report, prediction," 1 Apr. 2018 Coffee is limited to espresso drinks; no drip coffee here. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Drink this! Sawada's aromatic Black Camo Latte a seductive, nutty sip," 9 Mar. 2018 His only remarks on the situation on Thursday were on Twitter, and did not exactly drip with empathy for the victims. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump White House feels heat on Puerto Rico," 29 Sep. 2017 Slow down with drip coffee, Americanos, cappuccinos or lattes. Katie Toussaint, charlotteobserver, "Looking for a caffeine fix? Here are 8 Charlotte coffee shops you need to try," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of drip

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

History and Etymology for drip

Verb

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

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Financial Definition of DRIP

What It Is

A dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) is an arrangement offered by companies to investors wishing to receive additional shares of company stock in lieu of cash dividend payments.

How It Works

In many cases, optimistic investors prefer to gain additional equity in a company rather than receive the cash dividends related to their holdings. A dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP or DRP) provides investors with a system of recurring dividend reinvestments. In other words, rather than receiving cash from a declared dividend, participating investors receive shares and fractional shares of company stock of equivalent value.

To illustrate, suppose company XYZ's stock is valued at $10 per share. XYZ declares a dividend of one dollar per share. A DRIP participant holding 100 shares will receive 10 shares of company stock [(100 shares x $1 per share) / $10 per share = 10 shares]. In most cases, these shares are discounted and free of brokerage charges.

Why It Matters

A dividend reinvestment plan gives participating investors increasing equity in the issuing company with each declared dividend. Depending on the market price of the stock, participants run the risk of forcibly receiving shares at a higher price than they might otherwise be willing to pay.

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drip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fall in drops
: to let drops of (a liquid) fall
: to have or show a large amount of something

drip

noun

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

: a drop of liquid that falls from something
: the sound of liquid falling in drops
: the act or action of falling in drops

drip

verb
\ ˈdrip How to pronounce drip (audio) \
dripped; dripping

Kids Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fall in drops Sap dripped from the trees.
2 : to let fall drops of liquid My wet clothes dripped on the floor.
3 : to have or show a large amount of something The popcorn was dripping with butter. Her voice dripped with spite.

drip

noun

Kids Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of falling in drops The barrel caught the drip of rain from the roof.
2 : a drop of liquid that falls a drip of paint
3 : the sound made by falling drops

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drip

verb
\ ˈdrip How to pronounce drip (audio) \
dripped; dripping

Medical Definition of drip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to let fall in drops

intransitive verb

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

drip

noun

Medical Definition of drip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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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