When you dip something, you plunge it quickly into a liquid or soft substance. You might dip your toe into a swimming pool to check the water temperature.

When you finger paint, you dip a fingertip into a puddle of paint, and when you eat a snack you might dip tortilla chips into salsa. You can also say that a boat bobbing on the ocean dips, or that a bird dropping lower in the sky dips down. A dip can be a quick swim, a delicious sauce meant for dunking other foods in, or a downward slope. The Old English root, dyppan, means "immerse" or "baptize."

Primary Meanings of dip

immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
a brief immersion
appear to move downward
a depression in an otherwise level surface
take a small amount from
(physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
Full Definitions of dip

v immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

dip the garment into the cleaning solution”
dip the brush into the paint”
douse, dunk, plunge, souse
dip into liquid
douse, duck
dip into a liquid
dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
Type of:
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into

v dip into a liquid

“He dipped into the pool”
douse, duck
Type of:
douse, dunk, plunge, souse
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

v dip into a liquid while eating

Type of:
take in solid food

v immerse in a disinfectant solution

dip the sheep”
Type of:
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into

v stain an object by immersing it in a liquid

Type of:
color with a liquid dye or tint

v place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax

Type of:
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch

n a brief immersion

Type of:
immersion, submergence, submerging, submersion
sinking until covered completely with water

n a brief swim in water

Type of:
swim, swimming
the act of swimming

n tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped

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bean dip
a dip made of cooked beans
cheese dip
a dip made of cheeses
clam dip
a dip made of clams and soft cream cheese
a dip made of mashed avocado mixed with chopped onions and other seasonings
Type of:
a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment

n a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow

Type of:
candle, taper, wax light
stick of wax with a wick in the middle

v appear to move downward

“The sun dipped below the horizon”
sink to a lower level or form a depression
Type of:
go down

v go down momentarily

“Prices dipped
Type of:
decline, go down, wane
grow smaller

v plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container

“He dipped into his pocket”
Type of:
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into

v scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface

dip water out of a container”
Type of:
lift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, take up
take out or up with or as if with a scoop

v lower briefly

“She dipped her knee”
Type of:
bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
move something or somebody to a lower position

v switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam

Type of:
change intensity
increase or decrease in intensity

v slope downwards

“Our property dips towards the river”
Type of:
incline, pitch, slope
be at an angle

n a depression in an otherwise level surface

“there was a dip in the road”
Type of:
depression, impression, imprint
a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

n a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

“a dip in prices”
drop, fall, free fall
a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases
voltage drop
a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing
Type of:
decrease, decrement
the amount by which something decreases

n a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms

Type of:
gymnastic exercise
(gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)

n a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places

cutpurse, pickpocket
Type of:
stealer, thief
a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it

v take a small amount from

“I had to dip into my savings to buy him this present”
Type of:
draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

n (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

angle of dip, inclination, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
Type of:
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

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