dribble

A dribble is a slow, steady flow of water. Or, if you are a basketball player, you dribble the ball to make your way towards the basket.

Dribbling consists of tiny drops of water (or another liquid) dripping. If you've ever had a leaky faucet going drip-drip-drip-drip, then you know exactly what dribbling is like, and how annoying it can be. Dribbling in basketball isn't annoying at all; in fact, it's an essential skill. If you think about it, the repeated tap-tap-tap of the ball sounds a bit like the drip-drip-drip of the water dribbling.

Primary Meanings of dribble

1.
nv
flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
2.
nv
the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
propel
Full Definitions of dribble
1

n flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid

Synonyms:
drip, trickle
Types:
intravenous drip
slow continuous drip introducing solutions intravenously (a drop at a time)
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n saliva spilling from the mouth

Synonyms:
drivel, drool, slobber
Type of:
saliva, spit, spittle
a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches

v run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

“reports began to dribble in”
Synonyms:
filter, trickle
Types:
leach, percolate
permeate or penetrate gradually
Type of:
course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

v let or cause to fall in drops

dribble oil into the mixture”
Synonyms:
drip, drop
drip
fall in drops
Type of:
pour
cause to run

v let saliva drivel from the mouth

Synonyms:
drivel, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber
Type of:
salivate
produce saliva
2

n the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks

Synonyms:
dribbling
Types:
double dribble
an illegal dribble in basketball (the player uses both hands to dribble or the player starts to dribble a second time after coming to a stop)
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

v propel

dribble the ball”
Synonyms:
carry
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

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