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drip

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verb \ ˈdrip \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of drip

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

Examples of drip in a Sentence

  1. Water dripped from a leak in the ceiling.

  2. Blood dripped down his leg from the cut.

  3. Hot wax dripped onto my fingers.

  4. The pine trees dripped sap onto the cars.

  5. The kids dripped water all over the house.

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Origin and Etymology of drip

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

drip Synonyms


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drip

noun

Definition of drip

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

Examples of drip in a Sentence

  1. Drips of water fell from a leak in the ceiling.

  2. We heard the drip of the rain.

  3. the steady drip, drip, drip of the faucet

  4. Water fell from the ceiling in a steady drip.

  5. The doctor put the patient on a morphine drip to manage the pain.

  6. Don't invite that drip to your party!

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First Known Use of drip

1664

drip Synonyms

Synonyms
bore, drag, droner, dullsville, nudnik (also nudnick), snooze, snoozer, yawn, yawner
Related Words
bummer, downer; bromide, pill
Near Antonyms
blast, gas [slang], kick, rush, upper

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drip

adjective

Definition of drip

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

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First Known Use of drip

1895


DRIP

abbreviation

Definition of DRIP

dividend reinvestment plan

Financial Definition of DRIP

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.



DRIP Defined for English Language Learners

drip

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verb

Definition of drip for English Language Learners

  • : to fall in drops

  • : to let drops of (a liquid) fall

  • : to have or show a large amount of something


drip

noun

Definition of drip for English Language Learners

  • : a drop of liquid that falls from something

  • : the sound of liquid falling in drops

  • : the act or action of falling in drops


DRIP Defined for Kids

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drip

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verb \ ˈdrip \

Definition of drip for Students

dripped; dripping
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.

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drip

noun

Definition of drip for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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drip

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verb \ ˈdrip \

medical Definition of drip

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

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drip

noun

medical Definition of drip

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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