\ 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



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



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


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


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.


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

To add insult to injury, when fat and juices drip into the grill, the flames and smoke that result coat the meat in another cancer-causing chemical called polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 Pour Chocolate Glaze over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake. Country Living, "Pie Recipes," 14 July 2012 Coat the edge of drinking glasses using corn syrup dyed with red food coloring, turn right side up and allow mixture to drip down the glasses to serve your creepy concoctions in. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018 Every part of the house seems to merge with nature, including an infinity pool that appears to drip into greenery. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Greenery camouflages this modern villa in Bali," 17 July 2018 Yet the sweat continued to drip down his arm and wreak havoc on his command. Maria Torres, kansascity, "As Trevor Oaks wobbles and Alex Gordon steals home, Royals are swept by the Indians," 4 July 2018 The grooves allow some fat to drip into the fire, sending up flavor-building smoke, and some to funnel away so that the burgers are not greasy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis burger restaurant keeps winning best burger awards," 28 June 2018 This old and fleeting fragment slips in from nowhere, to drip its poison; such subtle intrusions are Trevor’s way. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story," 14 May 2018 But in Jackson's case, a tiny hole in her cribriform plate -- a thin bone that separates her cranial and nasal cavities -- allowed the fluid to drip into her nose and mouth, resulting in her symptoms. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Woman's runny nose was actually fluid from inside her brain," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using drip irrigation or soaker hoses, instead of overhead watering, also may help prevent some fungal leaf diseases. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018 No place setting was alike, and the tables at the wedding were covered in gorgeous flowers by Kim Reeves with rainbow drip candles surrounding them. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Beach Wedding in the Rain: Celia Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky’s Magical North Fork Ceremony," 16 Jan. 2019 As with the drip system, expect the emitters to clog. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow Hydroponic Plants at Home," 13 Feb. 2017 The handle folds in for easier storage, and the drip tray is thankfully removable. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Waffle Maker for Tiny Kitchen Counters," 13 Nov. 2018 Peet’s Coffee: Customers can savor a free drip coffee or tea at participating locations, as well as 25% off one pound of beans at participating locations, a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "National Coffee Day 2018: Where to get free java," 22 Sep. 2018 The Behmor Connected Coffee Brewer makes an excellent an pot of drip coffee and keeps it hot for hours. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "4 of the best high-tech small appliances," 13 Sep. 2018 Prevent soggy soil by pouring off any excess water that collects in the drip tray after watering. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Microgreens Indoors at Home," 22 Aug. 2018 Back in 2001, physicist Richard Taylor found evidence of fractal patterns in Pollock's seemingly random drip patterns. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Started in 2003 in San Francisco’s Mission District by grocer Phil Jaber, Philz quickly developed a cult following for drip coffee prepared to individual order, pour-over style. Carla Meyer, sacbee, "Bay-Area favorite Philz Coffee to open Sacramento location this week," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of drip


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


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drip


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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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



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


\ 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.



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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\ 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



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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