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

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 By mid-morning my hat had soaked through, and water began to drip down from the brim. oregonlive, 10 Oct. 2021 Remove the steak from the marinade, allowing any excess liquid to drip off the meat, and place it in the center of the pan surrounded with vegetables. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Sep. 2021 Riley finally opens up, and the camera stays trained on his face with an extreme close-up as single tears drip down his face. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 Earrings and bracelets drip in baroque pearls and Georgian hands, while bejeweled serpents and celestial imagery adorn rings and necklaces. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Sep. 2021 Instead, the words drip off Jackie’s hands casually, without thought, like every mom internalizing her daughter’s choices and assuming it’s all about them. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 13 Aug. 2021 The wind pushed rain into the attic, which caused brown sludgy water to drip from the ceiling throughout the house. CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Lift chicken from marinade, 1 piece at a time, allowing excess marinade to drip back into bowl but leaving any garlic or ginger bits on chicken. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 May 2021 Without gravity, the oil doesn’t drip back to the sump and the reservoir runs dry. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Natives do great with this kind of drip irrigation. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 From there, steam from the drip will begin to form and aromas of your favorite coffee will fill the air. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 Sep. 2021 Pinning down the cumulative effect of Campion's slow-drip storytelling is trickier, except to say that being submerged in her ineffable world feels not just like two hours in the dark, but high art. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2021 After that, the gradual drip of diminishing U.S. commitment became a more deliberate and urgent effort. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 The actress brought the drip straight from 2004, wearing a lil floral bikini, an oversized button up, micro sunglasses, and her hair up in a matching ivory bandana. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 25 May 2021 The first drip of bad news came in January when an Endurance pickup truck prototype caught fire 10 minutes into its initial test drive in Michigan. Mark Gillispie, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2021 The first drip of bad news came in January when an Endurance pickup truck prototype caught fire 10 minutes into its initial test drive in Michigan. Mark Gillispie, chicagotribune.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Instead, irrigate only occasionally if at all, using in-line drip (for natives too!). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And then it can be included in a drip-email campaign to engaged followers. Ken Braun, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Unlike standard makers, the sleek machine dispenses individual cups of drip-brew coffee in regular, strong and iced-brew modes in up to three cup sizes. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 Sep. 2021 An anti-drip function helps prevent water from dripping on your clothes, which can cause water rings. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 Additional features include an anti-drip system and automatic safety shutoff. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 The drip-style carafe coffee maker is the classic coffee maker style, and is ideal for households with several coffee drinkers. Outdoor Life, 22 Jan. 2021 Moccamaster uses a copper boiling element that heats water fast, along with a drip-style system that helps maximize flavor. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 25 Sep. 2020 This new coffee shop in Glendale offers more than just drip coffee. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 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, 17 Mar. 2020

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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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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

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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