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

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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Hien, crouched over the blaze and dripping with sweat, has exhausted the cash. 1843, "Vietnam’s ghosts are hungry for iPhones," 22 Aug. 2019 Yes, Green Corner looks like an antiseptic neighborhood counter-service joint, but just try to keep me away from the kifta kabob, scented with sumac and cinnamon, tender and meaty and dripping with sizzling lamb fat. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 Maybe so, considering the way Villanova dismantled everyone in front of it in a tournament that was dripping with upsets, underdogs and at least the appearance of parity. Eddie Pells, star-telegram, "Super sub, defense give Villanova rout of Michigan, NCAA title | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 Apr. 2018 My poor sweet Bacteria Bear is dripping with unvaccinated booger-eater germs. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California health official quits after blasting vaccine foes as ‘flat-earthers’," 10 Sep. 2019 These accounts are largely anonymous, and often have bold political commentary dripping with sarcasm. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A poll on Twitter has birthed an all-spoof alternative Indian government," 28 Aug. 2019 Monday’s protest, planned for the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British colonial rule to Hong Kong, was dripping with symbolism. Washington Post, "For China, a growing conundrum: What to do with Hong Kong?," 2 July 2019 The golf club is dripping in history and pedigree at nearly every turn. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford, Jerome Bettis and the history of Detroit Golf Club," 25 June 2019 Even in the early morning, the leaves were dripping with wet heat. Ben C. Solomon, New York Times, "‘These Forests Are the Lungs of the Country’: Thai Rangers Guard Precious Rosewood," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As for the sections of canvas covered with paint, Lee favors a striking contrast between bare white and assertive zones, with calligraphic passages and drips in attention-grabbing shades of red, yellow, pink and blue. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Road to the Arts events paved with fascination," 13 Sep. 2019 That is one reason why, even as central bankers administer a drip-feed of monetary adrenalin, Europe’s economy is losing ground to global rivals. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 The advent of Activision and engineers such as Kitchen increased the drip to a steady flow. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 The continuing drip of charges and allegations also hangs over UAW contract talks with the Detroit Three. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Source: UAW President Gary Jones is 'Official A' in latest corruption probe document," 13 Sep. 2019 The statement came as the latest data point in the gradual drip of information released by Russian authorities, who have been slow to acknowledge a nuclear accident during a military test. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia identifies four radioactive isotopes from nuclear accident," 26 Aug. 2019 The statement, from an agency whose main task is forecasting weather, came as the latest data point in the gradual drip of information released by the Russian authorities, who have been slow to acknowledge a nuclear accident during a military test. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russia Identifies 4 Radioactive Isotopes From Nuclear Accident," 26 Aug. 2019 The slow drip of information continued until November, when Rivian debuted its luxury electric pickup truck and SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "EV startup Rivian has poached dozens from Ford, McLaren, Tesla, and Faraday Future," 2 July 2019 The slow drip of requests to change landmarks with Confederate names has surprised Runyon. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "What’s in a Name? Meet the Government Employees Who Make the Call," 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective French presses take a little more prep and work than drip coffee, but doesn't everything that's worth anything in life? Lee Neikirk, USA TODAY, "20 perfect Christmas gift ideas for men," 22 Oct. 2019 Long rows of lettuce thrive despite the heat (their secret is drip irrigation, shade cloth and lots of compost for mulch). Los Angeles Times, "An urban farm grows in Los Angeles. You can be a part of it.," 10 Oct. 2019 Whether shows would drop by the season, Netflix-style, or stick to the slow-drip release like conventional television. Wired, "Apple TV+ Launches November 1, Subs Will Cost $5 a Month," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple has made no secret of its AR aspirations, but its slow-drip approach has always targeted users inside the home: placing furniture, playing with Legos. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Apple Puts the AR in 'Art' (and in 'Transparent Sky-Being')," 16 Aug. 2019 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

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

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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
How to pronounce DRIP (audio)

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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