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

Synonyms: Verb

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 Pick up the vegetables a few pieces at a time, allowing excess batter to drip off, and transfer to the hot oil, getting your hand as close as possible to the surface before letting go in order to minimize splashing. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Time for tempura: Traditional and modern recipes for the Japanese favorite," 4 Nov. 2020 The flamenco hand gesture seems to drip from the ends of Serratos’s fingertips. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Speaking Selena," 12 Nov. 2020 Blue tears drip down my face, like some kind of SciFi sob story, while the formula neutralizes any hints of yellow or redness. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "More Screen Time Is Straining Our Eyes—Here’s How One Writer Found Relief," 23 Oct. 2020 Remove from mixture, let drip back into bowl, then place in pan. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "How to cook without a net: Watch, practice, learn and embrace the flops," 28 Oct. 2020 The faucet continues to drip and the crickets get louder. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Haunting of Bly Manor," 13 Oct. 2020 The puffy silk shapes drip with 4,000 glittering sewing needles dangling on threads. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Gorgeous new NOMA show includes translucent silk clouds raining 4,000 glinting needles," 13 Oct. 2020 Pour Simple Coconut Glaze in large, thick ribbons over the crown of the Bundt, allowing the glaze to spread and drip down the sides of the cake. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Dolly's Donut Coconut Bundt Cake," 30 Sep. 2020 The cars could drip oil in front of your house, or they could get hit by other vehicles. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Cats need special care after they turn 7," 3 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some people have drip coffee, Keurigs, or pour-overs. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Drumroll Coffee roasting fresh in Old Wethersfield," 26 Dec. 2020 Then three generations of Reeds went out with drip torches, laying lines of low fire. Kiliii Yüyan, History & Culture, "‘There’s good fire and bad fire.’ An Indigenous practice may be key to preventing wildfires," 17 Dec. 2020 Top brands like Keurig, Nespresso, Mr. Coffee, Delonghi and more are marked down, as well as single-cup and drip machines. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Marmot, Ninja, Samsung and more," 15 Dec. 2020 The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., sold an important Jackson Pollock drip painting for $12 million in early October at Christie’s. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Museum of Latin American Art defends auctioning dozens of works from its collection," 11 Dec. 2020 Take refuge from the cooler temperatures with a hot chocolate with marshmallows, hot apple cider or drip coffee. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "The five Houston restaurant deals you need to know about right now," 4 Dec. 2020 To make a Prince Rupert's Drop, a glass handler lets molten glass drip and fall into a vat of water. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Indestructible Glass Drop Literally Break a Bullet," 28 Nov. 2020 Tree roots go only as far as the branch crown diameter or drip line (as far as the branches extend). oregonlive, "Lime won’t fix your moss problem and other garden myths debunked," 14 Nov. 2020 In California, Christmas tree farmers use drip irrigation. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "How bad are Christmas trees for the environment?," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Moccamaster uses a copper boiling element that heats water fast, along with a drip-style system that helps maximize flavor. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best single-serve coffee makers of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 This new coffee shop in Glendale offers more than just drip coffee. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "From Nobu to Matt's Big Breakfast: 27 restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in January," 3 Feb. 2020 This approach is more gentle than drip coffee-making or stovetop brewing methods that heat the water very hot and sometimes scald the beans. Myo Quinn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker," 17 Mar. 2020 Eli Salomon, founder of Oakland manufacturer Voga Coffee, had no formal coffee industry experience but wanted to create a new drip coffee machine that would match the taste of pour-over coffee. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Costly path to rebuilding a bridge," 6 Jan. 2020 In addition to drip coffee, the machine allows Dandelion to brew cacao nibs for cacao nib coffee. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland-made coffee brewer Ground Control has industry buzzing," 3 Jan. 2020 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

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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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Last Updated

14 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drip. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for drip

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

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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